TDP failed to defend farmers' interests: AP Cong

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana on Saturday alleged that Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu had failed to safeguard the welfare of farmers during his party's ten years of rule in the state.

He was referring to Naidu's recent 'Rythu Poru Bata' padayatra in the drought-hit region of the state.

"He (Naidu) did not deserve to conduct such a programme, as he had completely failed to safeguard the welfare of farmers during the TDP-regime between 1995 and 2004."

Reacting to Naidu's comments regarding the Volkswagen scam, during his tour in Kadapa district yesterday, Bostsa said, the CBI had given him clean-chit after conducting a thorough inquiry.

"Naidu says, Volkswagen has gone back from the state because of me. He should explain why Proton car-makers had gone back from the state without putting up a plant," Botsa said.

The case related to the transfer of state government funds to 'Vashishta Wahan', the SPV of Volkswagen floated to set up a manufacturing unit at Visakhaptanam. Satyanarayana, who was the state's industry minister then and was at the centre of the controversy.

Botsa also advised Naidu to avoid using harsh words while being in politics.

The PCC chief said, Naidu had never tried to bring state farmers' woes to the notice of the erstwhile NDA government, which was supported by TDP.

"During your tenure, just Rs 65 increased for paddy. You never sent any proposals or demands to increase that (minimum support price for paddy). Now you talk about farmers, without doing anything during your tenure. You called yourself as CEO. Because of your attitude, there were many hunger deaths in the state," Botsa said.