Finally I got a chance to meet Jagan. I am very impressed with his demeanor, his ever smiling face and his ability to deal with all kinds of people with same level of respect and attention. I heard many great things about Jagan and I personally witnessed those qualities today when I met him.
One month ago, I was trying to find a contact that can get me an appointment with Jagan. As luck would have it, I met a person named “Sarma Nimishakavi” A.K.A Subbu – I am not kidding – same name as mine on face book. He contacted me because I had the same name. He happens to be active member of Malakpet Jagan sena. And rest was cake walk for me.
I went to Jagan’s office at 10:00 Am in the morning. It was so crowded that for a second I was doubtful if I could get in. Subbu introduced me to Jagan’s personal secretary then he took me upstairs after security check. I was stunned to see people waiting there. Penmatsa Sambasiva raju, other big wig politicians, small sarpanches, second rung leaders from cantonment, leaders from Prodduttor, a coconut vendor, a battery shop owner, few NRIs and many more people. As we patiently waited, Jagan came in. The whole waiting room became electric. We all got a glimpse of the dynamic leader and he quickly vanished into his office. First there was meeting with MLAs and Sambasiva raju garu. After an hour or so, we were asked to stand next to his office and to go in next. Then unfortunately, Nallapureddy prasanna kumar and Bala nagi reddy came in and they were let in. Then again another 20 minutes wait. Then we were told that Jagan is going to come out. At that point I lost hope that I would meet him today. Then his personal secretary told us to calmly go in to another waiting room and wait there.
As we entered the room, the people in that room – all of them from proddutoor told us that it is supposed to be a closed room meeting for them with Jagan. I told them that we were asked by Jagan’s secretary to wait there. As we were speaking Jagan entered the room. Then his secretary introduced me to him. I gave him a bouquet and conveyed belated birthday and Christmas wishes. He un-wrapped the star registry certificate and asked where I live. I told him that I was big fan of Y.S from my child hood. He said “thanks Sarma”. He is very fascinating person – especially when you talk to him directly. His treatment towards the coconut vendor was the same as treatment towards NRI like me and the same as the treatment towards other political leaders. Then I snapped pictures with Y.V.Subba reddy garu and gattu ramachander rao garu.Then I met Vijayachander garu. Ambati garu and Surekhamma were not there.
I met Y.S when he was not in power – long before he even came close to power. I see striking similarities- Same smile and treatment. If you guys ever get a chance, please do meet this charming leader. You will be as mesmerized as I am or more for sure.