Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu promised to bring back the old glory of Hyderabad and root out land mafia if his party wins the GHMC poll.
Blasting the Congress government on widespread land-grabbing, deteriorating law and order situation, high prices of essential commodities and inadequate civic amenities, Mr. Naidu claimed that the carefully-cultivated good image of the twin cities during his regime, has taken a beating.
Launching his party’s election campaign amidst party activists, leaders and contesting candidates at a private function hall on Wednesday, Mr. Naidu said the “unholy alliance” between Congress and Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) will not succeed as people have already seen through their game plan.
“Our party is for all religions, castes and people of all States and regions who have settled here. We will stand by everyone,” he declared.
He cautioned people not to ‘waste’ their vote by supporting “other parties” - without mentioning either Praja Rajyam or Lok Satta – as their presence in the electoral fray was inconsequential.
Mr. Naidu released an open letter to voters charging the ruling party of turning a blind eye to rising prices of rice, pulses and other essential commodities. All the 144 contesting candidates of the party were made to take an oath swearing by the party and public service.
In his hour-long speech, he recalled efforts of his government to put the city on the world map like widening roads, improving sanitation, ensuring communal harmony, permitting more professional collages, starting institutions like IIIT, ISB, more job opportunities and sports infrastructure.
He also accused the government of being half-hearted in sustaining Multi-Modal Transport System (MMTS) and the metro rail project.
Greater Hyderabad and Outer Ring Road (ORR) were TD plans but the Congress twisted the alignment for real estate deals and resorted to faulty delimitation of divisions to suit its own interests. Mr. Naidu swore by the ‘Cash for transfer’ scheme and also promised to construct houses for poor and middle class.
Former Mayor T. Krishna Reddy predicted more than 100 seats for the party while former Minister T. Srinivas Yadav obliquely warned TRS leader K. Chandrasekhara Rao for his ‘threats’ against people hailing from other regions living here. Former Minister T. Devender Goud and other leaders also spoke.