Wednesday, October 15, 2008

YSR raps Naidu on Telengana issue

New Delhi (PTI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy on Tuesday launched a scathing attack on his archrival and TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu for changing his stand on Telengana, saying the latter was desperate to return to power and hence the support for bifurcation of the state.
YSRajasekara Reddy said he could not "rush through" the process for evolving a consensus on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and such a process will move at its own pace.
"The TDP is desperate. For the sake of power, they are prepared go to any extent. Naidu's party was for a composite Andhra and were opposing the bifurcation till now. If that party has changed its stand now, what is it for?" YSR told reporters here.
YSR said the Congress in 2003 had suggested that a second state reorganisation commission should be set up for considering demands for separate statehoods.
"But in 2004, when Congress came to power with the help of other parties. Many of them were opposed to demands for separate states and it was decided to evolve a consensus. We are working on it," he said.
Taking potshots at CPI(M) he said, people used to equate principles with that party.
"CPI(M) was for a unified Andhra and what is their stand now. If CPI(M), CPI, TRS and TDP think that they can befool people, they should understand that they can't do that," YSR said.
The Chief Minister YSR said Naidu was opposed to previous Congress government's many pro-people initiatives and reversed everything when he came to power.