Hyderabad, Aug 10: Branding as a new political drama TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu’s belated letter to PM seeking his intervention to safeguard the interests of Seema Andhra people following the division of the state, YSR Congress Party said on Saturday that Naidu has been shedding crocodile tears over the issue.
Addressing media persons at the party headquarters here, YSRCP spokesperson Vasireddy Padma said Naidu’s latest letter to the PM has been the result of his fear of being subjected to the Seema Aandhra people’s anger over the division.
“Like a killer shedding tears over the body of a person killed by him, Naidu has been shedding crocodile tears over the concerns of the Seema Andhra people after allowing the division of the state through his letter in favour of Telangana,” she said, adding Naidu’s action has exposed his true colours as a real opportunist. Naidu stabbed NTR then and the people now, she added.
By writing to Pranab Mukherjee in 2008 along with TDP’s resolution in favour of Telangana and asking the Centre to convene an all-party meeting in 2012 on the issue, Naidu gave a blank cheque to the Centre to create Telangana, she said, adding Naidu has been changing his colours like a chameleon on the T issue.
She said Naidu, like all other Congress leaders including CM Kiran Kumar, kept silent knowing full well that Congress leadership was going to announce the creation of Telangana state.
“Soon after CWC announcement, he had also welcomed the formation of T state and also demanded Rs.4 to 5 lakh crores for the construction of the capital city for Seema Andhra. And, when APNGOs and Seema Andhra employees of the Secretariat met him, he had refused to take back his support to the creation of Telangana,” she said, adding that Naidu was speaking now as if he woke up from a deep slumber just now.
Pointing out that all Congress and TDP leaders including Naidu and CM Kiran Kumar are now raising the issues such as sharing of water, power, employment and other natural resources and the status of Hyderabad which were raised by YSRCP first, Padma said if only Naidu had taken up the issues then, this situation would not have arisen.
“From the very beginning, YSRCP has been asking Congress to reveal its stance first on the issue. Soon after the news of imminent division spread, YSRCP MLAs wrote to Union Home Minister Shinde raising all these issues.
We have asked him to come out with proposals acceptable to all and discuss the same with all concerned stakeholders before taking a final decision on Telangana, she said. “This is what we said at the all party meeting also in 2012,” she said, adding that YSRCP MLAs quit anticipating this injustice being done to the Seema Andhra area.
Padma observed that Naidu has been talking of the Seema Andhra people’s concerns ten days after they had launched their agitation bitten by the betrayal by Naidu and Congress ministers.
“People feel Naidu and the Congress Ministers have cheated them. Both Congress and TDP are parties of betrayal. They have no right to talk about the problems and concerns of Seema Andhra people now,” she said.
Naidu knows he will be subjected to the anger of the Seema Andhra people and hence his high level drama of letter to the PM, she said observing, Naidu’s actual vision is ‘Division 420 and not Vision 2020’.