NTR is keen on providing a clean, efficient government this time. He is more cautious, and is unlikely to repeat his earlier mistake of running the Government as a one-man show. Earlier, NTR's relations with the bureaucracy were poor. Now, he is trying to mend fences. "I am a changed Rama Rao now. Please feel free to tell me whenever something goes wrong. I am willing to listen to you," he told a meeting of senior civil servants soon after taking charge. The axing of the chief secretary, K. Jayabharat Reddy, and the dgp, M.V. Bhaskara Rao, was anticipated, since they were too closely identified with the Congress(I). But the choice of C.S. Rao, a seasoned administrator, as the new chief minister's principal secretary was seen by many as a first positive step.
On June 8, Uttar Pradesh police arrested and filed criminal charges against a freelance journalist for allegedly posting a video of a woman claiming to be in a relationship with state chief minister Yogi Adityanath. On June 11, the Supreme Court ordered the release of the journalist and chastised the Uttar Pradesh government for the arrest.
Participation of Women and Minorities: No laws limit participation of women or members of minorities in the political process, and they freely participated. The law reserves one-third of the seats in local councils for women. Religious, cultural, and traditional practices and ideas prevented women from proportional participation in political office. Nonetheless, women held many high-level political offices, including positions as cabinet ministers, members of parliament, and state chief ministers. 2b1af7f3a8