Naidu spits venom, Rosaiah hits back

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah and Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu presented a picture in contrast today, as always.

Updated: Jul 21, 2010, 23:00 PM IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister
K Rosaiah and Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu
presented a picture in contrast today, as always.

Nothing unusual about it, but the tone and tenor of
their take on each other was something that could not be
glossed over.

While Naidu, seething over his "illegal arrest"
by Maharashtra Police, spit venom on Rosaiah, the latter put
up a cool show and hit back at the former in his inimitable
sarcastic style.

"Rosaiah is the most inefficient chief minister of
Andhra Pradesh. He is totally shameless," Naidu lashed out,
while addressing a dharna organized by the TDP in front of the
Mahatma Gandhi statue on the state Assembly premises.

"Chandrababu is a national figure. He is tech-savvy,
fully-trained and most up to date. He could get anything just
at the click of a button," Rosaiah ridiculed at a press
conference in the state Secretariat.

"What nonsense is he (Rosaiah) talking? He is talking
rubbish. He is worried only about protecting his chair and he
has surrendered our state`s sovereign rights to Maharashtra,"
the TDP chief told newsmen at his residence in the evening.

"I strongly condemn the lathicharge by Maharashtra
Police on the TDP legislators and the way they treated
Chandrababu and others. At the same time, I whole-heartedly
compliment the TDP leaders for tolerating the highhanded
behavior of Maharashtra Police and also braving the
lathicharge in their effort to visit the controversial Babhli
irrigation project," Rosaiah remarked.

The pun in his remarks is, clearly, not lost.

Of course, both Rosaiah and Chandrababu were critical
of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan - the former over
Chavan`s claim that the Andhra Pradesh government was not
concerned over the construction of Babhli project and
Chandrababu over the "inhuman treatment" meted out to them by
the Maharashtra government.

-PTI