Hyderabad: The TDP on Friday hit back at Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for his repeated attacks on its president N Chandrababu Naidu, calling it a "panic reaction".
TDP politburo member Ravula Chandrasekhar Reddy asserted it was under Naidu's helmsmanship of undivided Andhra Pradesh that the present-day Telangana capital Hyderabad developed exponentially and now accounted for 64 pe cent of the state's income.
"On September 6 (the day the Assembly was dissolved) he (Rao) said TDP has a mere 0.2 percent vote share in Telangana. Now he is devoting 50 percent of his speech time criticising Naidu and the TDP. It shows his panic reaction and frustration," Reddy told PTI.
Rao, the ruling TRS president, and other party leaders have frequently targeted Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, calling him an outsider and anti-Telangana leader who created hurdles in the way of Telangana's development during his stewardship of the undivided state.
The TDP is fighting a do-or-die battle in the Assembly elections in Telangana where it had clinched 15 seats in the 2014 polls in alliance with the BJP. It had bagged 14.7 percent votes. However, 13 of the TDP MLAs deserted the party with 12 defecting to TRS and one to the Congress. After snapping ties with the BJP-led NDA, Naidu's TDP has forged a pre-poll coalition with the Congress, CPI and Telangana Jana Samiti.
TRS leaders, who often accuse Naidu of blocking irrigation schemes in the Telangana region as the chief minister of united Andhra Pradesh, warn people against voting for the opposition coalition, saying the TDP boss will call the shots if it is voted to power.
Despite its hugely depleted strength in the dissolved Assembly following a spate of defections, Reddy claimed the cadre was with the TDP. "We are confident of winning the 13 seats that we are
contesting now," he said.
As the chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh Naidu worked hard for the all-round development of Hyderabad, particularly in the information technology sector, Reddy said. "Sixty four per cent of Telangana's income is from Hyderabad only. This (pro-development, pro-investment) atmosphere was created by Naidu," he said.
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Updated Date: Nov 23, 2018 16:02:59 IST