Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said he was undeterred by the offensive that BJP leaders have threatened to launch against the Andhra Pradesh government, and asserted that their brand of ‘divisive politics’ that succeeded in Tamil Nadu would fail here.
He vowed to keep the fight alive for Special Category Status (SCS) which was the State’s right.
Participating as the chief guest in the Telugu New Year Ugadi (Sri Vilambi Nama Samvatsaram) celebrations organised by the Department of Language and Culture at Tummalapalli Kshetrayya Kalakshetram on Sunday, Mr. Naidu reiterated that he did not ask for anything beyond what was promised under the A.P. Reorganisation Act (APRA) and the assurances that were given on the floor of the Rajya Sabha in response to demands raised by M. Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitley. But the BJP backed off from its commitment.
Moreover, in what was an affront to the people, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Jaitley belittled the public sentiment and even spread the falsehood that the State government’s conduct was such that it did not mind asking for the funds allocated to the defence sector.
Slams YSRCP, Pawan
Mr. Naidu said the YSR Congress leaders were trying to get corruption charges they faced dismissed by getting close to the BJP.
The Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan changed his stand overnight and launched a tirade against the State government after maintaining a silence for four years instead of questioning the Centre for cheating A.P.
“Whatever be the hurdles in our path, let us strive together for development and prove that the people of Andhra Pradesh can retaliate and get their wishes fulfilled,” Mr. Naidu urged.
Earlier, Sanskrit scholar and astrologer Prabhala Surbrahmanya Sarma from Rajahmundry did the ‘Panchanga Pathanam’.
Ravuri Venkata Vara Prasad from Guntur did the ‘Vyavasaya Panchanga Pathanam.’ Mr. Naidu gave away ‘Kala Ratna Ugadi Puraskaralu’ to artists and persons from other walks of life.
Assembly Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao and Deputy Mandali Buddha Prasad and Nara Bhuvaneswari were among those present.