Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday squarely blamed the Congress for the backwardness of the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, which was earlier part of the Hyderabad state.
He, however, did not utter Telangana even once during his 15-minute speech and referred to the region, witnessing statehood agitation, only as the "erstwhile Hyderabad state". The TDP chief was addressing party workers at the NTR Bhavan here after hoisting the national flag in celebration of the amalgamation of the erstwhile Hyderabad state with the
Indian Union in 1948.
"Development of the region came to a standstill because of the widespread corruption under the Congress rule. It was only under TDP regimes that the region progressed on
all fronts," the former CM said, pointing to the construction of various irrigation projects, setting up of educational institutes, extension of healthcare facilities and creation of
job opportunities during the regional party`s rule.
"Since 1995, we have developed the region enormously with Hyderabad as the hub. We have done a lot over the years but much more needs to be done. We should review the
development that has happened in the region since the amalgamation and re-dedicate ourselves for further progress."
Stating that the erstwhile Hyderabad region had a glorious history, the TDP leader paid homage to those who laid down their lives to free it from the Nizam`s rule.