NELLORE/HYDERABAD: Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu did a balancing act Saturday, appealing to the TDP to refrain from attacking the BJP and advising actor Pawan Kalyan not to target AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu over the ongoing land acquisition for the State capital.
Speaking to reporters in Nellore, Venkaiah stressed the Modi government was magnanimous enough to help the residuary State tide over its financial crisis.
“The Centre is keen on addressing all problems of AP. But, it (AP government) has to be friendly with us. As the Centre itself is facing a financial crisis, it will not be able to release funds as required by the State government for now,” he said. Although the previous UPA regime had made no provision for according special status to the State in the Reorganisation Act, Venkaiah said the BJP-led NDA government would give enough funds to AP to build a capital.
Later in the evening, addressing a meeting in Hyderabad, organised to drum up support for the BJP-TDP MLC candidate N Ramchander Rao, the Union Minister, without taking the name of Pawan, said it wasn’t fair to question how much land was required for the capital.
Praising Chief Minister Naidu for going all-out to protect the interests of farmers in the capital region, Venkaiah reasoned, “It is not just enough to construct multiple offices in a capital. Several entertainment, tourist, cultural and other avenues have to be accommodated to attract foreign investments.”