TDP to abide by Centre`s decision on Telangana

The Telugu Desam Party has reiterated that it was not against Telangana.

Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam Party has reiterated that it was not against Telangana and would abide by whatever decision the Central government took on the issue.

Briefing reporters after the party`s politburo meeting chaired by president N Chandrababu Naidu here today, former union minister K Yerran Naidu said there was no change in the TDP`s stand on Telangana.

"The TDP is not against Telangana. It is for the Government of India to take a decision on the statehood issue and we will abide by it," Yerran Naidu said.

The politburo discussed various issues like land scandals in the state, increase in taxes, the liquor syndicates issue, the plight of farmers and the party`s strategy for the by-elections to 18 Assembly and one Lok Sabha seat slated for June 12.

The TDP politburo member alleged that all welfare programmes in the state have come to a standstill while farmers hit by the vagaries of nature were left in the lurch.

"Unseasonal rains and hailstorms have destroyed crops on thousands of acres, but the government has remained indifferent to the farmers` plight. The government has also failed in distributing subsidy to farmers," he said.

Thousands of acres of land, including fertile land forcibly acquired from farmers, was distributed in the name of SEZs and industrial development in violation of rules. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India had clearly pointed to the grave irregularities in land allocation but the state government has failed to take corrective action, he said.

Even in the case of liquor syndicates, the government let the real culprits go scot-free, Naidu alleged.

Meanwhile, the party has decided to put off its annual conclave Mahanadu, normally held for three days from May 27, till the elections are over.


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