Baru quoted YSR as saying Congress would not benefit from split, which proved true.
Hyderabad: Dr Sanjaya Baru, media advisor to Manmohan Singh when he was PM, said on Friday that PM Narendra Modi “miles ahead of his competitors though he is yet to fulfill many of his promises.” In another sensational disclosure, Mr Baru said late CM YS Rajasekhar Reddy stalled formation of TS in 2009.
“It’s true. I was present at the meeting between Dr Reddy and Manmohan Singh. He said “look, if we go to the polls announcing TS, we will neither win in coastal Andhra nor in TS,”” Dr Baru said, quoting YSR. ““In coastal Andhra, people will be angry with us and they will not vote. In Telangana, they will give credit to KCR and they will not vote for Congress””, he quoted YSR as saying, and said, “How true he has proven to be.” “I think YSR understood that the announcement will not benefit the Congress. That is true. Whether it benefits AP or TS is a different issue,” Dr Baru said at the “Modi and the media” talk show with Karri Sriram, jointly organised by Hyd Park and Press Club of Hyderabad.
Referring to the first 20 month of the Modi rule, Dr Baru said “He remains popular. The main reason for this is that there is still no alternative,” he said. Who was the best Prime Minister? He rated Nehru and Indira Gandhi high, called Rajiv Gandhi a disaster, Vajpayee reasonably good and Narasimha Rao hugely successful.
Was bifurcation of state good or bad from Delhi’s point of view? He said, “Yesterday evening I was watching television. I saw visuals of Chandrababu Naidu calling on Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley. I don’t know how many of you have seen it. Naidu was sitting at the edge of the chair while Arun Jaitely and Rajnath Singh were sitting cross- legged (with ease). I cannot recall it ever happening when Vajpayee was PM and Naidu was CM of united AP. Delhi respects power. Power comes from numbers. AP was the largest non-Hindi state.”
Race for BJP chief hots up in Andhra Pradesh
Ram Madhav group favours Kapu leader Somu Veeraraju, while the other said to be close to Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu wants a second term for K Haribabu
Hyderabad/Rajahmundry: The power struggle in APBJP for the top post of the state president seems to be hotting up. Candidates from two powerful communities are in the race and a no holds bar campaign is on by these groups at Delhi level. According to party insiders, a group led by national general secretary Ram Madhav is in favour of bringing a change in the present leadership so that it can gain in strength in the state and was favouring the Kapu leader Somu Veeraraju while another group which is said to be close to Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu wants a second term for K Haribabu.