Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party president N
Chandrababu Naidu has demanded an explanation from the
Congress over the delay in taking a decision on the
contentious Telangana statehood issue.
"It is for the Congress to take a decision on Telangana.
It should explain to the people why it is delaying a decision
on the issue and keeping the state in turmoil for long,"
Chandrababu said, inaugurating a two-day workshop of party
MPs, MLAs, MLCs and senior leaders at the NTR Bhavan here
The Congress has no right or authority to criticise the
TDP on the statehood issue, he said.
"We have made our stand very clear on the issue. At the
recently-concluded Mahanadu (annual general body meeting) also
we gave clarity on our stand. It is for the Centre to take a
decision on the issue," the TDP chief asserted.
Reacting to YSR Congress president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy`s
repeated allegation that the TDP was in collusion with the
ruling Congress to save the Kiran Kumar Reddy government in
the state, the Leader of Opposition dared the former to parade
before the Governor with the MLAs supporting him.
The TDP president also mocked at film
star-turned-politician Chiranjeevi saying, "He entered
politics and launched Praja Rajyam Party with the promise of
ushering in a social change and taking the state in a new
direction. But now he has merged his party with the Congress
only to change his own fortunes."
Taking a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party, Chandrababu
said it was unable to shed its communal agenda. "Congress is
strong at the Centre only because of the BJP`s failure," he
The TDP chief asked his party rank and file to gear up
for the upcoming elections to urban local bodies and panchayat
raj institutions in the state.
The TDP would undertake a series of programmes from now
on to revitalise its cadre and regain lost ground.