The BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi painted a rosy picture for the Seemandhra region if it stamped out the incumbent dispensation and elected the ‘right leadership’.
He took pains to explain that the State could witness rapid development for a people disenchanted at the way the State was bifurcated in an ‘unjust manner’. Addressing an impressive public meeting at the ‘NDA Vijaya Sankharava Sabha’ here on Wednesday evening, he listed out the region’s strengths such as a long coastline, minerals, oil and natural gas and importantly, human resources, as if to breathe hope in the Seemandhra youth. Development of ports along the coastline could make it the ‘eastern gateway’ in global cargo handling, while the Krishna-Godavari basin resources could meet the energy needs of the entire country. Similarly, Visakhapatnam’s naval infrastructure could be further expanded to achieve self-sufficiency in defence needs, he noted. “I have not come here to give any assurances, but build confidence in the people who are thoroughly disappointed at losing Hyderabad, which stands for employment opportunities,” Mr. Modi said.
Drawing parallels between the State’s bifurcation and the separation of Gujarat from Maharashtra, he recalled how his State bounced back in fifty years, though initially written off as it was devoid of resources. TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu promised to develop Tirupati on par with Hyderabad. Jana Sena Party founder Pawan Kalyan modified his ‘Congress Hatao’ slogan as ‘YSR Congress Hatao’ to suit the region’s flavour.