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YSR vows to protect Andhra- Rayalaseema aggression on Telangana ఏప్రిల్ 18, 2009

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Congress, Culture, Economy, elections, Identity, livelihoods, politics, TDP, Telangana, TRS.
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Political chicanery by YSR

News Analysis, Hyderabad: 17 April 2009 Express News Service

– G S Vasu

Is desperation showing in the ruling Congress leadership after the first phase of elections in Andhra Pradesh in which the Opposition alliance appears to have an edge? This, clearly, is the inference being drawn from the statement made by Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy just around the time polling closed in Telangana on Thursday. That a vote for the Telugu Desam Party would mean that people of Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions will have to live like foreigners in Hyderabad because the party has aligned with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi which is wedded to the creation of a separate state.

Compare this with what the Chief Minister had said in a written statement in the As­sembly in its last session just a couple of months ago: “Te­langana issue is close to my heart and we are committed to addressing the demand.”

Or, for that matter, what Sonia Gandhi said just 10 days ago at an election rally at Bhongir in Telangana: “If at all there is a party which can deliver Telangana, it is the Congress. People should not trust the TDP- TRS alliance.”

None would have perhaps objected if only the Chief Minister and his party had adopted his latest posture in the run-up to the elections. But, to come up with such a theory while addressing a public meeting in Ray­alaseema, in the company of Rahul Gandhi, minutes before polling closed in Telangana, is seen as deception by the people of Telangana.

Only the naive would be­lieve it was just an off-the-cuff remark by the Chief Minister. He is cer­tainly not a headless chicken and many see it as a strategic move considering that the Op­position has always been believed to be ahead in Telan­gana and it is imperative for the Congress to maximise gains in the 140 Assembly seats going to polls in the sec­ond phase in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema If it is to en­tertain any hopes of retaining power.

The primary task before the Congress is to deflect focus from the two schemes announced by the TDP – Rs 2000 in cash to every poor family every month apart from a colour TV – which seem to be tilting the public mood in the Opposition party’s favour. By his remarks on Thurs­day, Reddy appears to have at least partly succeeded in this.

The second, and perhaps more important task, is to drive home the point that the two major irrigation projects – Polavaram and Pulichintala- taken up in coastal Andhra would be stopped in the event of the TDP coming to power because of TRS objection to both the schemes on the ground that Telangana would be starved of water if the gi­gantic projects come up.

Whether YSR’s strategy will pay off or not remains to be seen, but the political chi­canery played by him has done no good to his image.

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YSR shocks Telangana

17 April 2009, Express News Service

NANDYAL: In a desperate attempt to wean away voters from the TDP, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on Thursday cautioned them that supporting the party meant endorsing the demand for a separate state of Telangana at the expense of the interests of the people in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

The Chief Minister had, till now, refrained from raising the issue of separate Telangana as polling in Telangana districts was scheduled for Thursday.

But as soon the polling was over, he came out with his stand against Telangana, apparently to reap political benefit in coastal and Rayalaseema districts which are going to polls in the second phase on April 23.

Addressing an election rally here, which was also attended by AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi, the Chief Minister said: “If you elect Grand Alliance (an alliance of the TDP, TRS, CPI and CPM), you are indirectly helping the TRS win the election. In such an eventuality, all irrigation projects in Rayalaseema and Andhra areas will come to a grinding halt.”

The Chief Minister also warned the people that if they supported Grand Alliance, they would become second class citizens. “Tomorrow, you would be treated as a foreigner in Hyderabad as the TRS is wedded to the Telangana cause,” he said

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