Hyderabad: The TDP Chief, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, has maintained that the stand of his party on the complex Telangana issue was very clear. He said it was for the Union government and the Congress party which was in power in the State to make their stands clear on the issue.
Addressing the party’s 39th Mahanadu (annual conclave) at Gandipet on Friday, Mr Naidu claimed that his party had already declared its stand in favor of Telangana. Stating that now it was up to the Central government to take a decision on the issue, he said this was the reason why his party had not attended the meeting called by the Union Home Minister, Mr Chidambaram, on the Telangana issue.
Referring to the TRS, which was founded with the aim of achieving Telangana State by his former colleague, Mr K Chandrasekhara Rao, Mr Naidu said that the party would one day merge with the Congress party. Referring to the Telangana movement of the suspended leader, Dr Nagam Janardhan Reddy, he questioned why any one should fight without a party flag, while all other parties were fighting with their flags. He said the issues of Telangana and Samaikya Andhra would be discussed in the three-day Mahanadu. He said that his party had decided to go by the sentiments of the people. He has questioned how it would be a wrong to try not to hurt the sentiments of both the regions in a sensitive issue like this.
It might be recalled that Mr Naidu had said that Telangana and Andhra were his two eyes. Ridiculing this stand, Dr Nagam has said that the TDP chief had lost his Telangana eye and now had only the Andhra eye.
Mr Naidu has demanded that reservations of 33 percent for women be implemented. He said the government which was claiming to be committed to the welfare of women should prove that commitment by implementing the reservations, he said. He also warned that his party would launch an agitation if reservations for BCs in the local bodies were reduced.
IMPORTANCE TO YOUTH
Mr Naidu has assured the party functionaries that importance would be given to youth in the next elections. Reiterating that the inexperience of the Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, was responsible for the farmers’ woes, Mr Naidu has charged the Chief Minister with neglecting the problems of farmers. He said his inexperience coupled with the inexperience of the Civil Supplies Minister was the reason why farmers were unable to sell their paddy. He also alleged that none of the subsidies announced by the government for the farmers were being implemented. The government has miserably failed to control the prices of essential commodities for the past ten years, he has alleged.
ONLY TDP CAN GIVE STABLE GOVT
Mr Naidu claimed that only his party was capable of establishing a stable government. He alleged that the Congress rule has turned out to be a curse to the State. Stating that an uncompromising fight with the corrupt Congress was his party’s main aim, he said the fight was continuing ever since late N T Rama Rao launched the party. He said that during the Congress rule while corruption took the driving wheel, development and welfare took the back seat.
Claiming that ever since the TDP was launched it has been working out reforms in the administrative set up, he said, to the credit of his party, it created political awareness among the weaker sections and brought revolutionary changes with economic reforms.
Mr Naidu lamented that farmers were now buried deep in the vicious quagmire of debts because of the negligence of the government. He said that the government was adopting a lackadaisical attitude towards the problems of the farmers. Instead of marching forward on the path of development, the State was in regression after Congress came to power, he added.
The three-day Mahanadu was earlier launched on a grand scale. Mr Naidu started to Gandipet leading a big convoy. Party leaders and cadres have taken out a motor cycle rally. Soon after reaching the meeting place, Mr Naidu lighted a lamp, marking the beginning of the conclave. Thousands of party functionaries from Politburo members to village level leaders have attended the meeting.
The party meeting would discuss about functioning of the government, the condition of farmers, workers, youth, implementation of welfare schemes and other vital issues. It would also discuss about organizational issues, political strategies and plans to take the party forwards. The meeting would discuss and adopt 14 resolutions on different issues. (NSS)