VIJAYAWADA: Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers’ Association (NGOs) president P Ashok Babu on Sunday said employees would support chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu if he makes a sincere effort towards fulfilment of promises made for Andhra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation of the state.
Speaking at a round table on ‘Development of AP after Bifurcation’, organised by the AP Journalists Forum here, the APNGO leader said the state, after bifurcation, was betrayed by the NDA government by not bothering to do anything.
He said both UPA and NDA governments should be blamed for the present state of affairs in Andhra Pradesh. If the Congress promised the moon to the state, the BJP had endorsed it. Now, the same BJP was keeping quiet, he said. Referring to the reluctance of employees to shift to the new capital, Ashok Babu said there was one secion which was worried over the lack of facilities. If the government made necessary arrangements, the employees would surely shift, he said.
AP Secretariat Employees’ Association general secretary U Murali Krishna, AP NGOs’ Krishna district secretary A Vidya Sagar, farmer leaders Akkineni Bhavani Prasad, Chalasani Anjaneyulu, Visalandhra Mahasabha leader N Chakravarthi, APSRTC Employees’ Union leader Y V Rao and Electricity Employees’ Union leader Satyanandam also spoke.
Most of the speakers felt that MPs of all parties should rise above political considerations and bring pressure on the Union government to secure the promises made in the AP State Reorganisation Act, special category status for Andhra Pradesh and liberal funding for construction of capital.