All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary and in-charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs Digvijaya Singh has said that the land prices has gone up in Seemandhra while it witnessed a nosedive in Hyderabad. He listed out this as one of the several benefits for the people of Seemandhra caused by the State bifurcation.
Interacting with the media at a ‘Meet-the-Press’ programme organised by the Andhra Pradesh Union of Working Journalists here on Friday, Mr. Singh said that many provisions had been incorporated in the Andhra Pradesh Re-Organisation Act, 2013 which would benefit the Seemandhra people.
He refuted the claim that 90 per cent of the land in the Seemandhra region was under the control of just 10 per cent of the people.
Taking a dig at the Telugu Desam Party leadership, Mr. Singh said that the party had lost its secular character by joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party and any question on the Congress having some kind of political understanding with it in the futurewas totally hypothetical.
Describing former Union Minister D. Purandeswari’s joining the saffron party as a “treacherous act”, Mr. Singh said that many leaders, who grew in stature because of the Congress’ largesse, had deserted it. “Not only did former CM N. Kiran Kumar Reddy fail in his duties, he also ditched the Congress,” he said. Asked how he was different from BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, when it came to concealing private affairs, he said that there was no need for him to talk about such personal matters.