In a scathing attack on Telangana chief minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR), Andhra Pradesh chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday alleged that KCR is trying to “rule AP indirectly" through the main opposition YSR Congress Party (YSRCP). Addressing an election campaign public meeting, Naidu stated that YSRCP chief Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is “playing to the tunes" of KCR.
“KCR is eyeing properties in Andhra Pradesh, which also has to get Rs.1 lakh crore from Telangana (post bifurcation in 2014)," Naidu claimed while addressing a public meeting in Venkatagiri and Satyavedu in Nellore district on Monday. The AP chief minister added that the ruling TDP government is implementing more welfare programmes than the neighbouring Telangana.
Naidu also said that he will not allow KCR to “do politics" in AP. “Jagan is colluding with KCR and (prime minister Narendra Modi) has been supporting KCR. If Jagan comes to power, then no industrialist will come forward to invest in Andhra Pradesh. There are a number of cases, including Central Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement Directorate, that are pending against Jagan," he alleged.
Naidu also promised to increase the existing old age pension scheme’s amount from Rs.2,000 to Rs.3000 for beneficiaries and also assured the people of bringing water from the Godavari river to Venkatagiri. “Tirupati, Nellore and Venkatagiri would be developed as tri-city industrial hub in AP," he announced.
In the run-up the AP assembly polls, which will be held with the general elections on 11 April, the TDP will face the YSRCP. Naidu’s attack on KCR comes after Reddy had earlier met KCR’s son (and Telanagan Rashtra Samithi working president) K. T. Rama Rao, and said that he would support KCR’s idea of forming a federal front as a non-Congress and non-Bharatiya Janata Party front.