Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu blamed YSR Congress and the TRS for imposing frequent bypolls on the state in both Telangana and Andhra regions every three months for their selfish benefits.
Addressing a impressive well-attended public meet at Parkal on Wednesday on the sidelines of nomination filed by party’s bypoll candidate Challa Dharma Reddy, Mr Naidu alleged that both TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao and YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy distributed Telangana and Andhra between themselves.
“Two thieves have distributed the region for political benefit and are out to loot the state,” he said, while appealing for votes for party candidate Mr Challa Dharma Reddy in Parkal.
While referring to YSR Congress and the TRS, he termed them as a ‘party of thieves’ and ‘Vasool Raja Party’ respectively.
He also hinted at a conspiracy between YSR Congress president Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy by pointing out that neither of them criticises each other, wondering why.
While referring to the party’s issue-based agitation record in Telangana vis-a-vis the TRS, he projected it in good light by citing their fights on issues concerning bidi workers, Babli project, Gulf returnees and farmers. His hour-long address at the meeting near LIC office ground in Parkal was received with enthusiasm from Telugu Desam cadre and was entirely violence-free unlike the one witnessed during his Rythu Porubata tour in Palakurthy in December last year.
Surprisingly, he maintained silence on BJP and Congress’ Parkal nominee S. Samma Rao, who until recently was TD’s state organising secretary before migrating to the Congress camp. On the Telangana issue, he reiterated his old “I am not against statehood” statement besides repeating a slew of poll packages that TD would offer to the voters if it comes to power in 2014 Assembly elections.
It includes a hike in old age pension from Rs.200 to Rs.500, nine-hour free power to farmers, free rice (to take on CM N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s pet scheme of Rs.1 a kg rice), free house worth Rs.1 lakh to poor, separate budget on agriculture and Rs.1,000 doles to unemployed and physically-challenged.
Incidentally, Mr Naidu regretted not implementing free power for farmers during the nine-year reign of Desam.