Will stay put in Telangana: Chandrababu Naidu మే 30, 2014Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Essays.
Tags: Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, Regionalism, Settler, TDP, Telangana
TNN, May 28, 2014
HYDERABAD: In a clear message to the TRS and Congress, TDP president and AP chief minister-elect N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said that Hyderabad will be his headquarters until his party comes to power in Telangana in the 2019 elections.
Delivering his opening remarks at the ‘Mahanadu’, a two-day annual plenary marking party founder N T Rama Rao’s birth anniversary at Gandipet on the city outskirts, Naidu said, “It is the TDP’s duty to protect the interests of the Telugu people in both the states. While re-building Seemandhra, I will stay put in Hyderabad and ensure that the TDP comes to power in the next elections.”
Naidu’s assertion is a clear warning to the TRS and Congress that the TDP-BJP alliance is here to stay in Telangana. Predicted that it would be wiped out in the region in view of its ambiguous stance on the separate state demand, the TDP in alliance with the BJP bagged 14 of the 24 Assembly seats in the Greater Hyderabad region and is hoping to improve on its performance in the GHMC polls slated to be held in November.
“It is also time for us to grow into a national party. We will contest in five states in the next elections and emerge as a national party,” he said. Though Naidu did not name the five states, party insiders said they are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Karnataka and either Tamil Nadu or Odisha. The party hopes to rally the Telugu population in these states and garner the 6 per cent of the total votes polled required for the TDP to get national status.
Naidu told the cheering audience that leveraging on the party’s resounding victory in the Seemandhra region and the NDA’s win at the Centre, the TDP would go ahead with a clear agenda for the development of Residuary AP which, he said, has been left without a capital city because of the unfair decision of the Congress to divide the state.
“The TDP was born to fulfill a historic need. When injustice was meted out to the Telugu people, NTR launched the party 35 years ago. Now, the Congress has divided the state even without giving us a capital city. As a result, the people of Seemandhra recognized a historic need once again and voted the TDP to power. It is our duty to fulfill their aspirations,” Naidu said.
While urging the Centre to ensure equal justice to both Seemandhra and Telangana, Naidu said the Union government must cooperate till a level-playing field is created for the two states. “Till we develop a new capital on par with Hyderabad, there would be no level-playing field. And there would be no equal justice without a level-playing field. The Centre must cooperate till we achieve it,” he added.
Pointing at the adverse situation the Seemandhra region was staring at, Naidu said Residuary AP was facing a cash crunch with a budget deficit of more than Rs 15,000 crore. “We have to borrow and build the new state and the Centre has to support us,” the TDP chief said.
Reposing hope in the NDA government that just took charge in Delhi, Naidu recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s encouraging words in the national capital on the eve of his swearing-in on Sunday. “I told Modi that we were not seeking ministerial berths in his cabinet. What is important for us is the Centre’s support for the development of Andhra Pradesh. I am sure we will get the fullest support,” Naidu said.
The TDP chief recalled Modi saying at the Tirupati election meeting last month that the NDA government would help in building a world class capital city for Seemandhra. “I have full confidence in Modi’s premiership. Pairing with him, I will build a classy capital city and strong state.” As it is a daunting task to build the capital considering the dismal financial condition the new state is in, Naidu called upon the people to give their time and money for the cause. “Out of 30 days in a month you give 25 days to your families and five days to the capital. Be generous in donating for the construction of the new capital,” he said.
Articulating the priorities of his government, Naidu said he would constitute a commission within six months to give backward caste (BC) status to the Kapu community. He also reiterated that his government would waive the loans taken by farmers on a priority basis.