The Game is Up for Kiran: Jaipal
By Express News Service | Published: 12th January 2014 08:14 AM |
Union minister for science and technology S Jaipal Reddy has used the analogy of cricket to tell chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, a former cricketer, that the game was up for him as Telangana state was going to be created.
Speaking at a Telangana Tahasildars Association’s diary release function here on Saturday, Jaipal Reddy, who has strained relations with Kiran Kumar Reddy, said: “After January 23 midnight, the last ball will land in Delhi and not in Hyderabad. If you have to play the last ball, you have to be in Delhi and not in Hyderabad.”
In an obvious reference to Kiran Kumar Reddy’s reflection in the Assembly lobbies on whether he was a Telanganite because he was born in Hyderabad or an Andhra because his family is from Chittoor, Jaipal Reddy said that the place did not matter if one had the necessary mettle to scale any height. “Sheila Dixit, who was chief minister of Delhi thrice, was not born in Delhi. Anyone can contest as an MLA anywhere in the country and be elected and even become chief minister if one is endowed with necessary skills and abilities,” Jaipal Reddy said.
He said it pained him to see the kind of people that were representing Seemandhra which produced great patriots like Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu and scholars like Bhogaraju Pattabhi Sitaramaiah.
“Hyderabad, even before formation of Andhra Pradesh, was a very large city. Its unique characteristic is to welcome everyone with wide open arms. After state’s bifurcation, everyone, including Seemandhras, are welcome to invest in Hyderabad,” he said but made it clear that there would not be any bhoodaan programme for such investors.
Those who spoke included TRS leader KT Rama Rao and TJAC chairman M Kodandaram.