Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu is the most important politician in Prime Narendra Modi’s crisis management team. He is holding dual charge of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Information and Broadcasting Ministries. As he has been the President of the BJP and Parliamentary Affairs Minister in the Vajpayee government, he has an added advantage of knowing the party, parliamentarians and the government. SO now whenever there is a crisis, Naidu is at the forefront. Modi and he have worked earlier so they know each other’s capacities well. In fact, Modi has visited Naidu’s residence number of times to interact with the party leadership or to attend other social functions. On his part, Naidu is completely overwhelmed and obsessed with the aura, dynamism and technology driven governance of Modi. His other obsession is media. He issues a statement almost on a daily basis and sees to it that it is printed not only in the national papers but in his home state Andhra Pradesh as well. He recently addressed about 100 senior officers from the three ministries at a farewell function hosted by him on the occasion of retirement and transfer of Secretaries concerning three of his ministries. Naidu urged the officials to emulate Prime Minister saying, “Prime Minister is a storehouse of ideas and fresh and innovative thinking. All that he expects from all of us is to think and act differently. By this, what he means is innovation for higher productivity and better results.” Naidu complimented Dr Nandita Chatterjee, who was superannuating, for her contribution to promoting affordable housing; Rajiv Gauba, who is to take over as Home Secretary, for pushing transformative urban reforms; and Ajay Mittal, who is going as Secretary (Personnel), for his good work in the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. He also welcomed new I&B Secretary NK Sinha and new Urban Development Secretary DS Mishra.
…by the way / July 2017