Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on Monday announced that Telangana would help Andhra Pradesh build the Polavaram project and will also take up and support the demand for Special Category Status for AP.
“Contrary to AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s allegations that Telangana State is trying to stall Polavaram project, I declare that we will help the neighbouring State build the project. After all, water from Godavari is flowing into the sea and we don’t want to see that go waste,” he said.
“Once the general elections are over, the TRS MPs will also take up and support the issue of extending SCS to AP,” the Chief Minister said, virtually pulling the rug from under Naidu’s feet for all the canards he has been spreading on the role of Telangana in that State’s progress.
Pointing out Naidu has only been cursing him at every election meeting, Chandrashekhar Rao said he had always believed in the ‘live and let live’ approach. “We don’t have any ill-feelings towards the people of Andhra Pradesh, nor do we grudge development in that State. There are, however, leaders like Naidu who are trying to create animosity between the people of the two States,” he said.
Stating that Telangana did not believe in politics of hatred, he said everyone should live happily and prosper. “We don’t believe in caste or religion. We don’t subscribe to selfish politics, and are proud of the Ganga-Jamuna tahzeeb that Telangana is known for,” he said.
Quoting latest surveys, the Chief Minister said the TRS would win 16 seats in the State, and YSRCP led by Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy was expected to do well in the neighbouring State. “After the elections, we will wage a battle together for the progress of both the States,” he said.
Referring to Naidu’s poser to Jagan Mohan Reddy whether Chandrashekhar Rao had whispered in his ears that he will extend support for SCS, the Chief Minister said it was not his habit to resort to such things. “We do things openly and without any fear unlike Naidu who seeks refuge in the dark for his nefarious activities,” he said.
The AP chief minister, of late, has been referring to Jagan’s assertions at his meetings that the TRS had assured him of the party’s support for SCS, and that the two parties would work together to bring pressure on the Centre for the SCS