Naidu must leverage his past against Modi’s present



Telugu Desam’s Chandrababu Naidu must deal with the BJP from a position of strength—not weakness. Regardless of his travails in Andhra Pradesh, the TDP chief’s support for the saffron party is “invaluable” for enhancing Narendra Modi’s political acceptability.

The kind of avenues Naidu’s capable of opening for Modi wouldn’t be available to the PM aspirant while keeping company with the likes of Karnataka’s Yeddyurappa and Haryana’s OP Chautala. As the convenor of the United Front from 1996-98 and the NDA’s outside supporter from 1998-2004, the Andhra leader is no stranger to regional outfits with secular pretence. He’s well regarded and well-heard by all. He must cash on that gravitas.

To keep his credibility and lend a bit of it to Modi’s BJP, the TDP boss should predicate his support on a pre-arranged secular agenda. He might lack today the political strength he once had to keep afloat AB Vajpayee’s regime. But the BJP needs him as much to end the political isolation it invited by projecting Modi for the PM’s office.

Among other factors, it was Naidu’s restraining influence on the NDA that saw the Sangh’s divisive agenda put on the backburner. He needs the BJP in Andhra to beat back Jagan Reddy’s challenge in the State’s Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, sought to be bifurcated from Telangana. But what he can deliver in return to Modi before elections is currently unavailable in other secular quarters — the SP, BSP, Trinamool and BJD.

Naidu must leverage his past against Modi’s present. A crucial element in the strategy that’ll pay him dividends — by way of retaining a fraction of the Muslim base despite proximity to the Gujarat CM — could be a regret upfront for continuing support to the Vajpayee regime post the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Not only will an apology enhance Naidu’s stature, it will help him deal with Modi on equal terms, bring as it would a lot of pressure on the latter to follow suit. He’d be a loser all the way if he sews up an understanding without an inclusive programmatic tie-up of the kind he had with the NDA.

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  • Anonymous

    Naidu walking into the NDA has deflated the logic given by a huge section of the media that the BJP will get isolated.

    Yeddi and Amma would be game anyway.

    In the end this would be the NDA without Nitish.

    Maybe they will run past 272.

    Rahul is now plummeting dxownwards further and further. All the media will not be able to put HUmpty Dumpty together. Maybe the CBI would be given the job!

    Interesting times ahead.

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  • Anil

    Yes, do agree. Modi is almost sure of 272+ , naidu will be just an image changer for modi. BJP needs to lighten its saffron a bit.

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  • pankaj#1

    Vinodji;
    Who is communal?? SP, Congress, BSP, TMC, Communists or BJP.
    answer is loud and clear. BJP is the only secular party, Dharm nirpeksh. Rest are very much involved in doing politics of religion. You do not want to see, despite evedences galore, infront of you.

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  • Sumit Bose

    This guy must be drawing a fat packet from our beloved Italian ex-maid’s mafiosi to keep on writing tilted articles after articles. Why not just shift to write for the Corrupt Party’s official mouthpiece?

    That atleast will save you from all the rotten eggs and slippers you get in HT.

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  • Guest

    Naidu would have to sacrifice a lot in terms of Muslim vote in Andhra and Rayalseema areas – he is almost lost in Telangana now. Moreover, with Jagan breathing down his neck, Naidu is in a lot more trouble than the Congress in AP. If at this stage Naidu goes in for an alliance with the BJP, both will sink together – Jagan would call the shots while Congress lords it out in both the states after bifurcation of AP and Telangana.
    Naidu & Modi cannot be put together again – as with Dumpty BJP, Humpty TDP would take a not-so-royal tumble down there.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Guest;
    It is you, who is gloating. You are Ok with Jagan- the most corrupt person will lord it over and you like this scenario. wow.

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  • Guest

    Naidu would have to sacrifice a lot in terms of Muslim vote in Andhra and Rayalseema areas – he is almost lost in Telangana now. Moreover, with Jagan breathing down his neck, Naidu is in a lot more trouble than the Congress in AP. If at this stage Naidu goes in for an alliance with the BJP, both will sink together – Jagan would call the shots while Congress lords it out in both the states after bifurcation of AP and Telangana.
    Naidu & Modi cannot be put together again – as with Dumpty BJP, Humpty TDP would take a not-so-royal tumble down there.

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  • Anonymous

    http://www.arunjaitley.com/en/my-opinion-inside.php?id=231&mode=Read&icatId=13

    Uncovering Covert operation

    I had on 4th June 2013 written an article “Should CBI uncover the Intelligence Bureau”. A lot more has happened since then. Disclosures in relation to certain activities of the Indian army now raise a larger question – ‘”Should covert operations be leaked out by the government and made a subject matter of public debate”.

    Security Scenario

    India has a vulnerable security scenario. In the last two decades we have been victim of cross border terrorism. We have lost more innocent citizens to insurgency than through conventional wars. Initially terrorism was cross border. Today many local modules are operating within the country. A large part of central India is in the grip of Maoist violence. The Prime Minister once described it as the most serious challenge the country is facing. There is insurgency in several states of the North-East. Successive governments have either tried to negotiate settlements or strengthened the security set up to counter this insurgency in the North East. The military police approach to counter these anti national activities is partly successful. The need is to strengthen our intelligence agencies so that they are able to uncover the activities of groups which spread terror and insurgency. Needless to say that in fighting terrorism our intelligence agencies have met with a reasonable success and busted many modules both domestic and cross border.

    While the role of the intelligence agencies is to develop their own capabilities they need to create strategic assets. They have to infiltrate into these modules. They need to befriend the communities where such modules are active. They use technology in order to intercept their communications. They need to infiltrate into their activities internationally and develop contacts within the governments abroad or with groups, which operate parallel to the targets of our investigation.

    The hard fact is that in a country with serious security threats, the existence of these activities of intelligence agencies has to be strengthened. Intelligence agencies have to conduct various covert operations. And yet there has to be an element of deniability in the covert operations. They must be happening but we do not admit them or talk about them. Larger public interest demands this. My charge against the UPA government is that for narrow political interest it has deliberately leaked out the covert operations in two cases thereby creating a serious set back to our counter insurgency operations.

    The Ishrat Jehan case

    I will not make a detailed comment on the Ishrat case since have already written about it extensively on 4th June, 2013. It is now clear that this was a part of the counter terror activities of a central agency. The UPA government needs to seriously introspect whether it acted in national interest when it altered the affidavit of the Home Ministry before the Gujarat High court thereby disowning what its own agencies have allegedly done. It intended to use the ever obliging CBI to target police officials of Gujarat and certain BJP leaders of Gujarat. However, the hard truth is that it was an operation of the Central Government and not of the Gujarat government. In the process all that the Central Government achieved was to uncover the covert operation of an intelligence agency.

    The alleged army pay-offs in Jammu and Kashmir

    I am unaware of the truth or otherwise of the allegation. The government leak published in a newspaper indicated that a certain politician of Jammu & Kashmir had received funds for allegedly toppling the state government. The former army chief has stated that the army does make payments to stabilize the system in states affected by insurgency. It stabilizes them by either helping the community through community friendly activities or otherwise. None of us knows or is entitled to know the details of these activities. The Right to information cannot apply to these activities. The CBI cannot invoke its investigative jurisdiction to start investigating whether secret funds have been properly spent by the Intelligence Bureau, the R&AW or the Military Intelligence or by any other agency. . All these activities are neither accountable to Parliament nor judicially justiceable. These are a part of the covert operations The desirability and the appropriateness of these activities is a subject matter for the Government of the day to decide. Prime Ministers, Home Ministers, Defence Ministers, Chief of the Army staff, heads of IB and R&AW and several others in the government are privy to information which must necessarily die with them. It cannot become a part of their memoirs. Should such an information have been leaked out by the political establishment which had a problem with the former Army Chief? Pushed to a corner should the Army Chief at all have admitted that such payments were indeed undertaken? The UPA government has abandoned its’ state-craft. It does not mind if the country is hurt as long as the UPA can score points when faced with a certain electoral defeat.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Mohan;
    You again beat me by 6 hours. This is what is bothering me to no end.
    Who says Pakistan needs ISI. Congress/ UPA is good enough to do their biddings.

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    Bystander Reply:

    I have a basic question for you.
    What institutional instruments does the legislature have for auditing executive functions ?
    Think about it and then respond back.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    I am not at all happy how this incident is being played in media. Don’t know who had leaked this, most probably it is someone from the government but publishing the details in a news papers was bad and the reaction by V K Singh was even worse. These are very sensitive matters and should never be discussed in media. Where your question is concerned, I think you should address that to Mr. Jaitlley.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    Vinodji,

    Mohan Bhai has only reproduced Arun Jaitley’s article.

    The auditing part is irrelevant, because the system is in place for the last 65 years and has done the country incalculable service to the country.

    Therefore, forget audit of the secret funds of the intelligence agencies and SLEEP TIGHT.

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    saffronKachha Reply:

    CBI must uncover any “rogue IB agent” with personal agenda which is not “aligned” with the National mandate.

    One Rogue agent is not whole IB. Get off the high horse !

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  • pankaj#1

    All;
    For the first time, I am appreciating Rahul Gandhi. he has the moral courage- though not enough- to denounce this ordinace, which was allowing criminals to keep their seat. Good work.

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    engrich Reply:

    but modi is shivering .soon he will have same end.

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  • Ni2

    Wind of Hindu fascism is blowing strong.

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    Praveen Saxena Reply:

    u call it fascism ..we call it nationalism ..good for the country

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    Ni2 Reply:

    Acute nationalism is an element of Fascism..bad for the country

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  • Anonymous

    BJP SHOULD STRIKE A DEAL WITH jAGAN

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  • pankaj#1

    Vinod;
    No need to repay loans by minorities?
    Congress chief, karnatak.
    What is your say??

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    engrich Reply:

    goverment has waved off loan for thousands of crores to kisans and other weak people who were not able to pay back.muslims are golden gooze of indian economy .brhmns plunder wealth generated by them.

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    pankaj#1 Reply:

    Are you Vinod?
    So how Muslims are golden goose? I say they are Indians and not muslims/ hindus. what is your say?
    So muslims are no farmers? why anyone should advance them loans, if they are not going to return it??

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    engrich Reply:

    goverment has waved off loan for thousands of crores to kisans and other weak people who were not able to pay back.muslims are golden gooze of indian economy .brhmns plunder wealth generated by them.

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    engrich Reply:

    goverment has waved off loan for thousands of crores to kisans and other weak people who were not able to pay back.muslims are golden gooze of indian economy .brhmns plunder wealth generated by them.

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  • engrich

    i agree with u madaree baba naqlee lal qilewale.

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  • pankaj#1

    Vinod;
    Lalu from Jail and Rabri from home, will run RJD.
    Your comments please??

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  • umeshgarg

    The very last sentence.
    That appears to be purely a contrived interpretation.
    Listen to her answer: “Maa kahtey haiN mujhe”
    That could not be to the question implied in the last sentence and the voice of the commentator. Most likely it was to the question: What does Rajiv call you?

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  • HINDUSTHANI

    Indra Feroze Khan A real agressive brutel lady in the world

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  • Jamwal

    I am a efan of Indira ji she is my idol. were in tears the lovely interview. People love her. I wish she and Rajiv were alive. Why cruel people killed Indira ji. and Rajiv.

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  • Jamwal

    Indira maa I met u when I was in hostel we came to see u with four friends of mine. I salute I cried after watching your interview re rajiv and sanjay

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  • Hari Shankar

    Indira Gandhi was a typical Indian Mother. Self-sacrificing Indian Mother is the most outstanding feature of Indian Culture.

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  • vijai lugani

    as we call bapu as a father of nation realy we indians can mrs. gandhi as a mother of nation. india is very lucky we had got mrs. gandhi as a prime minister who led this country with all the sincerity and full of patriotism. however this interviews should not be use by the congrees for elction purposes by the congress in lok sabha election.

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  • JOEKING

    TOUCHING VIDEO?

    Women only can decide about the nature of TOUCH.

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  • rohith

    And how is this relevant to India in 2014? These kind of things may have worked in the past, but the voters in current times are a lot more demanding and discerning. If Congress uses this media, doesn’t it highlight the Dynasty factor that Rahul is trying to downplay?

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