Minister for Rural Development D.M Vara Prasada Rao has asked Telugu Desam president Nara Chandrababu Naidu to take a cue from BJP senior leader L.K Advani and recognise the sea change brought about by the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) on rural hinterlands in the country.

The former deputy Prime Minister was quoted as saying " This has helped to break down social inequalities, empower rural people, build up rural infrastructure and revive economic growth," during his address on 'Social Development' at the General Debate in the Third Committee, at the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday

Even though he had ideological differences with the senior BJP leader, the Minister said that he had welcomed the opinion of Mr Advani.

Mr. Vara Prasad urged Mr. Naidu to take note of the silent revolution brought about by the MNREGA in the drought-hit Anantapur district where MR. Naidu had embarked on a 100-day padayatra.

Taking pot-shots at the padayatra undertaken by the former Chief Minister, Mr. Prasad said that Mr. Naidu had the responsibility to explain the rationale behind taking up the padayatra.

“Is Mr. Naidu seeking forgiveness for all the sins he had committed during his nine-year rule? Or is he trying to convince people that he has changed?’’ the Minister questioned.