Prof K Nageshwar — Why did Vote for Note case suddenly resurface?

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Nothing happens in politics without any reason. Suddenly, the Telangana chief minister ordered expediting of the case related to vote for note in which Andhra Pradesh chief minister , N Chandrababu Naidu faces allegations.

The case has been pending for long without any significant progress. In fact, it is not such a complex case that demands such a long investigation. The case refused to inch ahead as long as TDP was part of BJP led NDA . The case suddenly reappears as Chandrababu Naidu declares an unrelenting war on Narendra Modi on the special status issue.

In fact, the Andhra Pradesh BJP leaders have been openly stating that Naidu has to face cases for his alleged misdeeds. The vote for note case resurfacing against these open threat hurled out by BJP leaders assumes importance.

When this case came to notice, there has been war of words between TDP and TRS and even Chandrababu Naidu and KCR engaged in a bitter contestation. Even God cannot save Naidu, asserted the Telangana chief Minister and the home minister. But , nothing happened all these years. Naidu almost retreated from Telangana politics much to the advantage of TRS .

But, sudden resurfacing of this case certainly strengthens the apprehension that KCR government has reopened the case only at the instance of Narendra Modi who maybe hell bent on running after Chandrababu after he exposed his government’s indifference to the promises made to residuary state of Andhra Pradesh.

Even, nothing perhaps will happen. Only the process is the punishment. The political blame game will continue. All these parties are indulging in engineering defections in the rival parties. Both the TRS and TDP did the same . Even the BJP has done it in other states. The congress was the author of the defections. Defection of MLAs from opposition to the ruling party does not happen out of charity. But, as long as luring of MLA s is a clandestine operation, it is legal. It becomes illegal only if one is caught by the law. Therefore, the vote for note is not an issue for any party to take a high moral ground as all are part of this dirty game.

All these major parties violate the anti defection law in the tenth schedule of the Constitution of India with all impunity .

Defectors were made ministers in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh with the latter having a higher share of turn coats in the state cabinet.

The manner in which the central agencies are after the opposition leaders and ignoring the allies of BJP raises further suspicion over the vote for note case resurfacing now.

The central agencies are after Lalu Prasad Yadav and Arvind Kejriwal. But , nothing happens in case against Nitish Kumar or in the Vyapam scam in the BJP ruled state. As BJP hopes to ally even with DMK if need arises, the court could not find anything in the 2G Case which Narendra Modi used to come to power in 2014.

Therefore, the review and resurfacing of vote for note case is not a routine administrative matter. It is an attempt to bully Chandrababu Naidu. Of course this is not to deny that no such ‘vote for note’ happened.

( Prof.K. Nageshwar is India’s noted political analyst. He is a former member of the Telangana Legislative Council and professor in the Department of Communication & Journalism, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India )

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