Continuing to strike an aggressive posture against the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday described it as a party of those who collect money through questionable means.
Responding to questions at a press conference, Mr. Naidu indirectly referred to the president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and said the leadership of that party remained helpless when three of its MLAs, who won by margins of 70,000 to 90,000 votes based on sentiment, voted in favour of the Congress in the Legislative Council elections.
The TRS, which was in such a pitiable situation that it could not even suspend these three MLAs had no right to talk about the TDP which was a disciplined party, he said. “In the name of the movement, it might have lured five of our MLAs but we have the capacity to make 50 others MLAs”, he added.
He said it was clear from the Polavaram tenders episode that the TRS leadership had compromised. All that the TDP wants the government and the TRS is to clarify the now well-established link between the contractor who bagged the Polavaram contract, the Intercontinental Infrastructure Company, and his stakes in Namaste Telangana , the Telugu daily. Who is behind this man who bagged the contract and why the government had gone out of its way to finalise the tender in his favour, he asked.
Stand clear on Polavaram
To questions on TDP leaders also participating in the Polavaram project tenders, he said there was no bar on any one doing business or getting a contract.
“What we are against is getting contracts through corruption or irregularities. If anybody proves that a leader of our party is guilty of these charges we will proceed against him.”
There is no confusion in the party's stand on Polavaram.
It wanted this and the Pranahita-Chevella to be taken up as national projects.
Mr. Naidu announced that he would go on a “ Rythu Poru Bata” tour of 22 districts to highlight the problems faced by farmers, especially in drought-hit areas from November 2.
It would begin with Anantapur on November 2, followed by Kadapa, Kurnool, Prakasam, Guntur, Khammam and Nalgonda districts till November 10.
He would go on a “padayatra” for about 15 km everyday in each district, visit agricultural fields and interact with farmers besides addressing public meetings in the evening.