KURNOOL: Breaking away from tradition, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu unfurled the tricolour at the APSP battalion here in Kurnool on the occasion of Independence Day on Friday.
It’s historic for than one reason. It’s nearly after five decades that Independence Day celebrations were organised in Kurnool. I-Day fete of the government was last celebrated here in 1956. After the formation of Andhra Pradesh, the celebrations were shifted to Hyderabad. Now, with the bifurcation of the State, the I-Day fete is back in Kurnool.
Speaking on the occasion, Naidu announced that State level I-Day celebrations would henceforth be organised in all the districts by rotation to involve people across the State.
Presenting a report card of his government as well as making new promises, he vowed to develop all headquarters of all districts on a par with the capital city and unveiled a programme for the “unlimited development of Rayalaseema region.”
Naidu, pointing out that the State has a number of problems, chief among them being financial, wanted people to work hard to make the State prosper. He said he had fulfilled his poll promises such as loan waiver for farmers and DWCRA women, `1,000 pension for the aged and `1500 for the physically challenged as well as 24-hr power supply.
In an oblique reference to his Telangana counterpart K Chandrasekhar Rao, Naidu disapproved of his style of functioning. He said Rao was creating new problems for AP after bifurcation of the State.
He said Rao was not forthcoming to sort out problems through dialogue. “We can solve problems if we sit together and talk in a friendly atmosphere. If we cannot find a solution, we can approach the Centre and if that too does not work, there is always legal recourse,” he pointed out.
He said there was a need to work with a spirit of coordination and maintain good relationship with neighboring states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and also Telangana. He said his government would stand by Telugus as they fight for their rights in the neighbouring Telangana, particularly in Hyderabad.