HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh’s new capital city, Amaravati, whose name is derived from the ancient Buddhist town of the same name, seems to have brought peace between the chief ministers of the two Telugu-speaking States, N Chandrababu Naidu and K Chandrasekhar Rao, for now. The duo, who spent most part of their 16-month tenure post-bifurcation, crossing swords on every issue concerning Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, on Sunday shook hands.
Andhra Chief Minister Naidu, who was in Tirupati for his grandson Devaansh’s ‘Annaprasana’ (first rice feeding) arrived in Hyderabad in the evening and drove down to his Telangana counterpart KCR’s residence and personally invited him to the foundation laying ceremony of Amaravati on the auspicious occasion of Dasara on Oct 22. According to sources, KCR, without any hesitation, accepted his one-time boss and colleague’s invitation.
During their 55-minute-long meeting, there was bonhomie and friendly banter and crackling jokes, TDP’s Telangana leader E Dayakar Rao later told Express. Naidu, was accompanied by his party’s Telangana unit chief L Ramana and Dayakar Rao. KCR, along with his son and IT Minister KT Rama Rao, his deputy Mohammad Mahmood Ali and Energy Minister Jagadish Reddy received Naidu. The AP CM felicitated KCR with a shawl and a bouquet and handed over a packet of Tirupati laddus to him. After that, he extended his invitation to KCR, requesting him to attend the foundation laying ceremony of Amaravati to be held at Uddandarayunipalem in Guntur district.
The TDP boss also had a friendly chat with KTR. He enquired about the well-being of the other members of KCR’s family. According to Dayakar Rao, Naidu explained to KCR the master plan of Amaravati. KCR, a staunch believer in astrology and numerology, had earlier given Vaastu tips to Naidu on the construction of the new capital and even backed the latter’s decision to build a riverfront capital on the banks of river Krishna.
Sources said both the chief ministers also had a lengthy discussion on issues such as power and sharing of river waters between the two States. They also resolved to sort out pending issues by dialogue. “The two CMs wanted to develop growth corridors in between Amaravati, Hyderabad and Mumbai in the coming days,” said a source.
It is learnt that KCR had earlier elicited the views of his party’s seniors on whether he should attend the Amaravati fest. A majority of the leaders suggested that he should. “Our Chief Minister has more or less decided to attend Amaravati ceremony. He would be going by road,” said a TRS leader. KCR is likely to stay at Suryapet on October 21st night and proceed to Amaravati the next morning.