Is Jagan emulating Gujarat Model of Governance in AP?

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Is Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy emulating the Gujarat Model of Governance? Says so political observers after closely following the first 100 days ruling of YSRCP chief. Experts say one would certainly understand that he is following the path of Narendra Modi kind of governance when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarath.

The following are a few observations:

1. Yesterday AP CM Jagan has declared that every Mandal headquarter will have a Govt Junior College and no private college will be given permission. This is similar to Modi’s declaration in 2002.

2. YS Jagan will always find defects with opposition parties and make Sarcastic comments in rather a jovial way.

3. The defects in the earlier rule of TDP will be highlighted in big platforms like assembly, Legislative Council meetings and review meetings so that they reach the public quickly. The same methodology was adopted by Modi in Gujarath.

4. One leader and an analysis wing will be given a task to target the opposition party district leaders. Vijaya Sai Reddy and Ambati Rambabu were given this task in AP. In Gujarat, Amit Shah, Hiren Desai and Mrs Vijay Rupani were doing this job from 2003 to 2014.

5. Revenue generation for the state will be given top priority. The Finance Minister Bugganna and the Revenue Minister Anil Kumar Yadav were assigned this task on a full-time basis. Similarly, Modi has assigned similar responsibility to Arun Jaitely and Piyush Goyal at the Centre.

6. Jagan talks much about the Polavaram project but would not take up due to huge funds requirement. Hence, the focus will on finances like in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam Metro Rail Projects. Now project reports for both metros are under preparation which may be launched soon.

7. Maintaining a cordial relationship with neighbouring states is another common feature between Modi and Jagan. Both carry out irrespective of party lines. That’s how Modi sorted out Narmada valley project issue with his counterpart. Similarly, Jagan is maintaining a cordial relationship with Telangana only to resolve disputes over Sharing of Waters from Godavari and Krishna. 

8. Party stronghold centres will be visited repeatedly, with development projects insulations or opening ceremony.

9. AP CM Jagan focuses on the development of his constituency Pulivendula on a priority basis. He had set up Pulivendula Development Authority and earmarked Rs 100 Crore funds for setting up Medical College, Hospital and the Road Connectivity. Similarly, Modi focused on Mani Nagar in Gujarat and now Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. He had set up Ganga Ghat Corridor with Rs 600 crore budget besides country’s first Inland Multi-Modal Waterway Terminal on the Ganga river.

10. Jagan gives top priority to Education and medical facilities like in Gujarat and Varanasi wherein Modi established 2 Cancer hospitals in Varanasi. Similarly, Jagan declared 3 Govt medical colleges in backward Paderu in Vishakapatnam, Gurajala in Guntur district and Ananthapur district headquarter.

11. Govt schools will be provided with all the amenities. Sports are given importance in education. Budget allocation increased for facilities in Govt schools, a similar move by the Modi government in Gujarath. 

12. Slowly AP will be made alcohol free state like Gujarat, which generates more employment and indirect income.

13. Industries will be given top priority. One IAS officer was appointed exclusively to ensure the speedy establishment of industries and crisis management in the state to attract largescale investments. 

14. Corrupt politicians will be booked. It started with the complaints against Kodela Siva Prasad, Yarapatineni Srinivas Rao and Chintamaneni Prabhakar in the first phase. The second phase may be Vishakhapatnam land scam soon and many more.

Hence, there are lots of similarities of Jagan governance with that of Narendra Modi both as CM in Gujarat and PM between 2002 to 2019.