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Naidu says TDP never opposed formation of new State

S. Harpal Singh
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‘Party will say whatever is to be said at the Dec. 28 meeting’

TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu waves during his ‘Vasthunna Mee Kosam’ padayatra at Basar in Adilabad district on Thursday.—PHOTO BY ARRANGEMENT
TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu waves during his ‘Vasthunna Mee Kosam’ padayatra at Basar in Adilabad district on Thursday.—PHOTO BY ARRANGEMENT

Though his sugar levels were reported to have risen considerably on Thursday, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu did not exhibit any sign of fatigue despite covering over 1,000 km on foot as part of his ‘Vasthunna Mee Kosam’ padayatra. His body language, while he garlanded the statue of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar at Mylapur village near the temple town of Basar, suggested he has developed back ache.

Mr. Naidu commenced the nine-day Adilabad leg of his padayatra from Basar at noon, about 2 hours behind schedule, after taking rest overnight in his bus. He was given a warm welcome at the Godavari bridge around midnight the previous day when he entered the district after completing his padayatra in Nizamabad.

Offers prayers

After offering prayers at the Gnana Saraswati temple, the TDP president made his first stop at Basar village where he broached the subject of Telangana State. He said it was as a response to his letter to the UPA government that the Union Home Minister had called for a meeting of all political parties on the issue on December 28.

Mr. Naidu reiterated his stand on separate Telangana issue saying his party was never opposed to the concept of the new State. “We will definitely say whatever is to be said on this issue at the December 28 meeting,” he said.

In his roadside meetings at Basar, Mylapur, Bidrelli and Mudhole besides an interactive session with students of Basar IIIT, the TDP chief severely criticised the Congress government of ignoring development of the temple town. He recalled the kind of development he had initiated at the temple town in order to make it a centre of knowledge.

In response to questions by IIIT students, Mr. Naidu said he supported the movement against corruption launched by Anna Hazare. “I myself have been fighting against corruption for the last nine years,” he added.

Mr. Naidu promised to end discrimination against Madigas and BCs by ushering in social justice.

He garlanded the statue of Dr. Ambedkar at Mylapur and observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect to the great leader whose death anniversary was being observed on Thursday.

Party leaders K. Ram Mohan Rao, Errabelli Dayakar Rao, Adilabad MP Ramesh Rathod, Boath MLA and Adilabad district TDP president G. Nagesh, Khanapur MLA Suman Rathod, senior leaders Mandava Venkateswara Rao and K.E. Krishnamurthy also accompanied their president. Earlier, Mr. Naidu held a review with leaders of Bodhan and Balkonda Assembly constituencies in Nizamabad district.


  • TDP chief supports the movement against corruption launched by Anna Hazare

  • Naidu promises to end discrimination against Madigas and BCs



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