Chandrababu Naidu and Jayaprakash Narayan (who worked as personal secretary to NT Rama Rao) have not been on good terms. Notwithstanding his personal equation with JP, AP CM and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu is now toying with the idea of nominating JP for Rajya Sabha in TDP’s quota.
This is in order to “felicitate” JP’s self-less contribution to state, nation. A physician by education and a bureaucrat (IAS All India 2nd Rank Holder in first attempt) by profession, JP had quit services to serve people directly. He founded Lok Satta organization, an NGO, which fought for the phenomenal reforms in political administration including RTI Act and Lokpal Act, he even floated political party Lok Satta Party. After winning for the first time to Assembly, JP failed to win for Lok Sabha in the next general elections. JP had called off his political party and has been fighting for civil, political, electoral and governance reforms for the betterment of people’s lives.
Although UPA had offered a Cabinet-rank post to JP who is close aide to Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi, he has gently turned down the offer. He even served as the member of National Advisory Council (NAC).
It needs to be seen, whether JP would accept if Chandrababu wants to send him to Rajya Sabha. Also, it is not clear whether Chandrababu would sacrifice a Rajya Sabha nomination to a person, outside his political party. Already, Naidu is under flak from party’s senior leaders over the nomination of industrialists YS Chowdary and CM Ramesh for Rajya Sabha. So, it is tough to believe in these reports unless and until, it comes from the horse’s mouth.