When Damodar Rajanarasimha was made the Deputy CM of Andhra Pradesh many felt that he was meek, humble and many not take strong decisions or voice his opinion on various issues. Some even said he is just a rubber stamp to CM Kiran Kumar Reddy who himself is a rubber stamp CM at the hands of Congress President Sonia Gandhi. However after the party’s loss in by elections, he became more vocal and started voicing his opinion on various issues that are of concern to the people of the state. He went on to criticise even CM Kiran Kumar Reddy on various counts giving raise to suspicion that he might be eying the CM post.
There was speculation that right after Congress Party’s disastrous performance in the by polls, there would be change of guard with high command calling CM Kiran and APCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana. During that time many leaders went to Delhi to put forward their assessments about the situation in state and at the same time canvass their candidature. Many ministers went hammer and tongs on CM Kiran for his high handed ways. Damodar Rajanarasimha kept quiet during that time and suddenly started making resounding sounds on various issues putting CM Kiran in a spot of bother.
Many feel that he is marketing himself on various fronts in a meticulous manner and is not making empty noises. If this is true then it will surely be death knell for CM Kiran.