Naidu knocks on Pranab's door seeking fair deal - The New Indian Express

Naidu knocks on Pranab's door seeking fair deal

Published: 22nd September 2013 09:04 AM

Last Updated: 22nd September 2013 09:04 AM

Telugu Desam Party leader and former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday met President Pranab Mukerhjee and sought his intervention directing the Centre to immediately discuss with agitating people from both the regions of Andhra Pradesh to find an amicable solution to the burning problem in the state.

Chandrababu Naidu, along with a delegation of party leaders from Telangana and Seemandhra, also met BJP President Rajnath Singh and CPM leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury to appraise the situation in the state after the announcement of the decision to bifurcate the State.

Chandrababu Naidu, who met the BJP president for the first time in a decade after he lost power in Andhra Pradesh, made it clear that he did not discuss any politics with Rajnath. The meeting assumed significance in view of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to Chandrababu Naidu to strengthen the anti-Congress forces, during his last visit to Hyderabad.

Emerging out of hour-long meeting, both Rajnath and Chandrababu Naidu said they discussed the situation in the state.

Maintaining that there was no change in their stand on Telangana, Rajnath alleged that the Congress party made a mess on the Telangana issue. Rajnath Singh said that BJP is committed to the issue of separate Telangana state. Chandrababu said this is not the time to discuss politics.

Earlier in the day, Chandrababu met CPM leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury and discussed the situation in the State. “We are all concerned about the situation. We want an amicable and speedy resolution of the problem,” Karat told reporters.

In a memorandum submitted to the President, Chandrababu accused Congress of handling the sensitive issue with political motives. Maintaining that total uncertainity is prevailing in the state for the last four years, Chandrababu said that Congress was trying to have political gains.

Taking strong exception to the style of functioning of Prime Minister, the TDP leader complained to the President that instead of behaving like a statesman to resolve the issue, the Prime Minister asked the APNGOs to meet Anthony panel.

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