'Congress was worried only about getting political mileage'
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president, N. Chandrababu Naidu went on an overdrive in New Delhi on Tuesday meeting leaders across the political spectrum from BJP’s senior leader L.K. Advani to Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, seeking equal justice to people of all regions of the State.
After meeting Mr. Advani, he told reporters that the Congress has messed up the bifurcation issue right from the beginning and ended up driving a wedge between people of different regions of the State. The process could have been smoother, if the Congress had called for a meeting of all stakeholders and sorted out the differences before embarking on bifurcation. They have ruined the State and plunged it into a state of uncertainty.
Far from commencing such exercise, the Congress went ahead as it was only worried about getting political mileage, he said. The objective of coming to Delhi was to expose the Congress motive behind bifurcation before national leaders and present them the first hand account of the situation in Andhra Pradesh after the Centre bungled the bifurcation issue.
Mr. Naidu said the situation was so bad that the Congress was unable to control its own MPs and other leaders even as they speak in different voices. The Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy wants to protest in Delhi by going on fast at Indira Gandhi’s memorial against the Congress Working Committee decision and support party candidates in Rajya Sabha elections while Telangana leaders stage another type of protest. How could this happen in the same party? Where are they taking the State to?, he asked. Like on Monday, he again dared the Chief Minister to hold his protest outside AICC president, Sonia Gandhi’s residence.
At the meeting with Mr. Yadav, the TDP chief brought to his notice how the Congress was bent upon creating more problems in the State in trying to solve one. The Samajwadi Party veteran reiterated that he was against division of any State. After meeting national leaders Mr. Naidu is visiting Mumbai to meet Shiv Sena leaders tomorrow.