Former chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh I Y R Krishna Rao had stripped chief minister Chandrababu Naidu naked on his new style of governance. Krishna Rao had penned a couple of books both in Telugu and English about his experience in the government after bifurcation of the State. The books were released in Vijayawada on Sunday where retired IAS officers Chandna Khan, Ajay Kallam, M Gopala Krishna and former MP Undavalli Arun Kumar were present.
Krishna Rao in his books said that Chandrababu Naidu had begun thinking beyond his abilities and believing in himself as the brand ambassador to the State. “He began to think that he is a great born leader and that had paralysed all institutions,” Krishna Rao said.
On the difference between the Chief Minister and the Chief Secretary, he said Chandrababu Naidu, particularly after 2014, had completely taken over the Chief Secretary duties making the post a mere ornamental. “The Chief Minister’s Office became stronger with the decisions taken there by the junior officers who belonged to one particular caste,” he said. The IAS officers posted in CMO became functionally superior to the chief secretary. However, these officers have no responsibilities and they were not answerable to the decisions taken by the government. The chief secretary is limited to give his signatures on the papers rolled out from the chief minister’s office, he said.
He took strong exception to the Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu shifting the entire government to Amaravati where no place to work, leaving the infrastructure in Hyderabad. The political greed of Chandrababu Naidu had made Andhra Pradesh suffer heavily because of the shifting of the government from Hyderabad to Amaravati without basic infrastructure.
He also dedicated one chapter in the book for “our people briefed me” statement of Chandrababu Naidu when he was caught in the audio tapes while purchasing votes of a Telangana MLA in the MLC election. He said that the political greed of Chandrababu Naidu was a punishment to the people of Andhra Pradesh and wanted the political parties to look beyond political interests. “There is no public interest in the decisions taken by Chandrababu Naidu from time to time. It is all about private interests,” Krishna Rao said blasting Chandrababu Naidu’s rule in the State.
The books are all set to be a weapon for Chandrababu Naidu’s critics ahead of the 2019 elections, where he wants to retain his power. This book, written in two languages, will certainly play a role in the electoral prospects of the political parties.