Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has recalled his association with TDP founder NTR. Venkaiah has shared an interesting anecdote that took place in 1983 when he himself had contested for direct election for Assembly constituency Udayagiri in Nellore district.
Venkaiah said NTR was supposed to come to his constituency for the campaign, but he hadn’t – only because NTR wanted him to win the election. Venkaiah recalled that NTR had sent his man Daggubati Chenchu Ramaiah to him and personally conveyed him that NTR wouldn’t campaign in his constituency. Chenchu Ramaiah apparently told Naidu that NTR didn’t come for the campaign only because he was fighting against Congress. He said he had won the election as NTR wanted. Venkaiah reminsced this instance with his close aides in Vijayawada.
As Chandrababu Naidu is inching close to Congress, Venkaiah Naidu’s comments have gained significance. Since Venkaiah is in the constitutional post and didn’t want to elaborate on politics, he seems to have smartly conveyed his message to Chandrababu.
On the eve of completing one year in the post of Vice President of India, Venkaiah said how he had feared when he was given the huge task of Vice President. Venkaiah said when he had been asked to become Vice President, he had thought of when and how these 5 years would over since he couldn’t go alone without protocol or he couldn’t talk of his choice, freedom. Now, Venkaiah expressed his shock that 1 year is already over and time just flew.
However, Venkaiah said the biggest challenge and worry for him is the running of Rajya Sabha for which he is the Chairman. He said his wish is to elevate the stature of the Upper House, but he said he is so worried over the way the House is being functioned. He openly said he is going through an internal conflict over the functioning of Rajya Sabha. He asked all political parties to focus on the functioning of Legislative Houses in proper order, discipline.