The sudden meeting of Andhra Jyothy managing director Vemuri Radhakrishna with Union home minister and Bharatiya Janata Party national president Amit Shah in New Delhi on Sunday raised many an eyebrow.
The pictures of Radhakrishna’s meeting with Shah and some details about the meeting were prominently highlighted in Andhra Jyothy daily.
He claimed that he had gone to Delhi on an invitation from Amit Shah and they had discussed about contemporary politics in Telugu states and also on the present ban on his channel ABN Andhra Jyothy in Andhra Pradesh, for over an hour.
Radhakrishna’s claim has given rise to a lot of doubts because he is neither a politician nor a big industrialist and not even a big-time media baron to be invited by Amit Shah for talks.
Even if one were to assume that Shah had given him appointment following a request, he would have not discussed the state politics with him for over an hour, except receiving a representation on the ban on his media house.
But even submitting a representation to Amit Shah is also not a big issue, as he had already represented the matter to Shah’s deputy G Kishan Reddy in this regard and so, he need not have to go all the way to Delhi.
There is a talk that Radhakrishna is planning to dispose off majority stake to a big industrialist from north closer to Shah and that could be the reason for his meeting with the BJP chief.
In any case, Radhakrishna, by posing with Shah in Delhi, seems to have sought to give an impression that he is closer to Delhi bosses and the YSRC government in Andhra Pradesh cannot resort to any witch-hunt against him.