Kurnool: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Friday urged the central government to compensate the state for the loss it suffered due to bifurcation.
"Since Andhra Pradesh suffered because of bifurcation, it is the responsibility of the centre to compensate for the loss," he said in his address after hoisting the national flag in this town.
Naidu, who unfurled the flag in Hyderabad for nine years (1995-2004), said he was pained over the manner in which the state was bifurcated.
Targeting the previous UPA government, he said justice was not done to Andhra Pradesh in the bifurcation and urged the present NDA government, of which his TDP is a partner, to do justice to both Telugu states.
Naidu said the state was making a beginning with a revenue deficit of Rs.15,000 crore.
"The state capital is yet to be identified and the bifurcation of employees has also not been completed.
"There is no fee reimbursement for our students and youth will have to wait for jobs till industries are set up here," said Naidu, who reviewed the colourful parade and addressed the gathering which included his cabinet colleagues and top officials.
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief said Andhra Pradesh was facing many problems but voiced his determination to overcome the challenges with the hard work of Telugu people.
Naidu alleged that the government of Telangana was taking provocative steps and said this was not in the interest of Telugu people of both the states.
He reiterated that he was ready for talks to sort out all issues. "If necessary the talks can be held with the help of mediators," he said.
He told the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government in Telangana that if they can`t solve the problems through talks, they should leave them to the central government.
"If we don`t agree with the Centre, we can approach the courts," Naidu said.
Once again claiming that he developed Hyderabad into an information technology destination, Naidu recalled that he marketed the city across the world and attracted investors with an assurance that their investments would be protected.
"It is the responsibility of all to protect brand Hyderabad," he added.
Naidu said he wanted to develop Andhra Pradesh as the Silicon corridor. "There is only one Hyderabad there but we will build a Hyderabad-like city in every district of Andhra Pradesh," he said.
He vowed to develop IT and hardware hubs in the state and promised to create five lakh jobs in the next five years in IT and electronics sector.
The chief minister said with a nearly 1,000 km coastline and rich mineral resources, the state had all the potential to emerge as a thriving economy.
He said the TDP government was determined to make the state `golden Andhra Pradesh` and a model for the entire country.
He announced that the government would supply uninterrupted round-the-clock electricity from Oct 2.
Kurnool was the capital of erstwhile Andhra State, which was merged with Telangana to form Andhra Pradesh Nov 1, 1956. Telangana became a separate state June 2 this year.
Kurnool served as the capital of Andhra State which was carved out of then Madras State Oct 1, 1953. The town had hosted Independence Day celebrations till 1956 when the capital was shifted to Hyderabad.
Though Hyderabad has been declared the common capital of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, Naidu chose Kurnool for the Independence Day celebrations.
At Lake View Guest House, Naidu`s office in Hyderabad, a senior official unfurled the national flag.