NEW Chief Minister-in-waiting of Andhra Pradesh, Mr. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy also has decided to continue with the demand for a Special Status to his State, a demand his arch rival and predecessor Mr. Chandrababu Naidu also had been pressing for. In other words, this means that a tug of war between the Centre and Andhra Pradesh may continue over the issue of Special Status, a concept which the Centre led by Mr. Narendra Modi does not favour. The ground for not favouring the concept, too, are clear: The Centre would grant all the funds needed for the development of the State, but would refrain from granting the constitutional arrangement of Special Status because of the avoidable complexities that may cloud developmental issues subsequently. It was on this issue that Mr. Chandrababu Naidu turned a political opponent of Mr. Narendra Modi. If his successor, too, is going to follow in his footprints, then the massive electoral battle Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy fought may lose its meaning. That will be truly unfortunate.
THE post-poll violence that rocked West Bengal and Amethi claiming the lives of two workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is an unholy sign that may lead to further problems if not tackled right at this stage. Even as the electoral campaign was in progress, West Bengal was bogged down by violence of which even the BJP national President Mr. Amit Shah almost became a victim had the security personnel not acted fast and tough to save him. Thus, it was clear that some violence would take place in West Bengal after elections. But what was new on the plate was the killing of a close aide of Mrs. Smriti Irani, the successful BJP candidate who defeated Congress President Mr. Rahul Gandhi. The aide, Mr. Surendra Singh who was a former village head, was gunned down when he was asleep in his house. The event has marred the otherwise smooth conduct of the whole poll process. Some quick and decisive steps would now be needed to ensure that such violence is curbed immediately, failing which the atmosphere will get vitiated more.