JAGAN CUT TO SIZE
Dr K Prabhakar Rao
At last, the axe has fallen. It was inevitable. One day it had to come. Sadly he failed to see writing on the wall. Although all efforts were made right from the moment of YSRs death in the chopper crash to crown Jagan as the CM, the efforts failed. The supporters and coterie of Jagan imagined that there would be windfall for Jagan in the state as a sympathy factor. But sadly they were mistaken. National politics are different. The case of Rajiv was different. He was the son of a Fallen PM. Although YSR was a fiery leader and successful he was limited to one of the state in a bunch of states where congress rule. Politics and policies are always different at national level and state level. Congress party is literally a slave to the Nehru dynasty and the men in the party have no future if they go against the high command. The dictatorship has been built up over the years.There is no inner party democracy. It is more feudal and family oriented. In fcat this factor is not limited to Congress party alone. All political parties are thriving on the charisma of the families.Telugu desam or PrajaRajyam parties are no different. This is the shameful condition in the country where we boast of democratic values. Actual facts are highly shameful. Democracy practiced in India is no more a real democracy. It is a rotten and shitty democracy where people vote based on caste , religion, sect, region and language. Family rule still persists that is the continuation of feudal slavery that was prevalent in past. Jagan in fact had no base in the party except that he was the son of his illustrious father ( Politically). He is not from grass root level. He is a parallel entry . Thus he can not command respect at all levels in the party. On the other hand in state congress party there are old hawks who have been denied positions over the years and are waiting for the opportunities. YSRs death was a bolt from blue for the congress party. But for others it was great opportunity to fish in troubled waters.Although coterie of Jagan made hue and cry that he should be made the CM, high command had their own plans. Soon Rosiah emerged as the alternative strongly.Rosiah was the natural choice as he was the old horse an seasoned and a congress loyalist. He has no own base except loyalty to igh command and a safe bet. He was the aging and fading horse that was brought in to stem the rot in state party. High command knew that the cries of Jagna coterie would soon die and they would fall in line. Same thing happened. Some over enthusiastic men and women played a show of game that they would resign if Jagan was not crowned. Surekha was one among them and she was more vocal. Soon she left and Rosiah accepted her resignation the moment she gave it. They were happily waiting for it. There was some press meetings and her declarations and soon the rebels knew where they were and what was waiting for them. The coterie was strongly and stubbornly disciplined. Although they burned from inside from outside they put a brave face stating that they were disciplined soldiers and would abide by Sonia’s decision. They had no way. Well played drama indeed.
The next move was to field the small prince ( so called) of state from his father’s constituency of pulivendula. He tried to sneak in from that angle into state politics. High command was also clever. They have now roped in the wife of YSR to the vacant assembly seat. Jagan has no choice now except to put a brave face and laugh it off over his fate. Her election is a mere formality. It is an accepted fact that there is an understanding from political parties that in such elections others would not bother and may not field candidates even. There is some sympathy factor too. Her election is thus a foregone conclusion. High command of Congress party does not want another power center in AP politics. This they have ensured by removing him from state politics. But he would continue to play his destabilization game in some or other. He shall always remain a bed sore to the one who sits on CM seat. But will not have direct control. One must realize that a hidden enemy is very dangerous and more damaging than an open enemy who can be tackled. On the other hand, the Obulapuram mines controversy is also showing a finger at the gentleman and Congress would surely like to keep him away from any position. This controversy is likely to explode soon and engulf these men involved in the murky game. This could be disastrous to many stalwarts in very near future. Next four years are crucial for them. There is no strong leader in congress in state commanding respect like YSR did. Most interesting part is the recent GHMC elections and the results declared now. Congress was mauled very badly and scraped through. Telugudesam did extremely well scoring 45 while congress had just 52. They escaped defeat very narrowly. Now congress leaders are crying horse that some party men were involved in conspiracy to get congress defeated. As usual for congress party it isa cry baby game. Even in last general elections Congress did not do well and lost some of its base. The erosion process in on now. Great mountains have vanished by erosion in past and Congress party can not escape it.
Rosiah earlier declared that he would resign if Telugu desam part gets one seat in addition to congress. Rosiah narrowly escaped. He was clever too. In his fox like statement he put a catch that he would resign with permission of high command. He was sure that high command would not give permission. Such are the tricks of the old Horse ( a better word). Although Jagan canvassed at few places there was hardly any impact. One can not live and survive for long on fathers charisma that he has been doing. He can not continue like a cry baby. This charisma will fade out soon. Although Jagan’s meetings had some crowds, probably they were not converted to votes. The members of the crowd were only curious to see him and his father like mannerisms such as waiving hands and raising hands above head in salutation. Congress came out as a badly wounded tiger. Some times badly wounded tigers succumb to wounds later on while some survive limping for some more years before they collapse. Or become prey to wild dogs in forests. This election has put new blood in Telugu Desam party. This is a serious warning to Congress party and its future in the state politics. Next General elections would be very closely fought and Telugu Desam party is destined to capture power. There is no strong leader in Congress in state who can ensure victory for them. It is now a conglamation of opportunists where every one is waiting to become CM. The countdown for Congress party in the state has begun and its leaders have to read writing on the wall. Jagan has no alternative except to sulk in despair. Better he gets to grass root level politics and work among people and expect to rise in future by hard work instead of giving statements that he is destined to become CM one day and keep trying short cut methods to sit in his fathers chair. It is not possible in state politics.. The day may not come for him.
Dr K Prabhakar Rao