Amaravati: The state will always remember the good works that the TDP executed during the party's regime, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP national president N. Chandrababu Naidu on 2 September accused the ruling YSRCP government of creating hatred in the state. "We developed the state with a vision but today, the ruling party leaders have developed hatred and wherever you go you can witness this," he said.
Chairing the TDP general body meeting at the party headquarters, Mr. Naidu said the party has successfully completed 40 years. It was on this day (2 September), 27 years ago, that Mr. Naidu took charge as the chief minister of the state.
Speaking at the meet, the TDP chief said, "Rulers need to have a vision on how to develop the state but should not have hatred against the people. But now Andhra Pradesh is witnessing hatred." He said the TDP is a regional political outfit with a national outlook that has always strived for the welfare of the people. Speaking about the recent incident in Ananthapur district where a constable, Prakash, was removed from service for holding a placard, Mr. Naidu said the woman who openly said that the constable did not harass her is now being persecuted. "If someone raises any issues, he or she is becoming a target now. The constable is now found missing and this speaks volumes about the style of functioning of the present government," he said.
Talking about the party's founder, the former CM said N.T Rama Rao had formed the TDP 40 years ago and added it is he who introduced welfare schemes like food security in the state for the first time. N.T Rama Rao also introduced residential system at the gurukulams for the poor and built pucca houses for the downtrodden sections of society, Mr. Naidu said. "It always gives me satisfaction to see the Telugu people at the top of every sector. What Hyderabad is today is because it was developed with a vision. The development works that were taken up 27 years ago are now yielding excellent results," said the TDP chief.
He pointed out that though the state suffered a lot due to bifurcation, the TDP launched several welfare schemes, including increasing the monthly pension from Rs. 200 to Rs. 2,000 and 42% fitment. Now, Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy has imposed a financial burden of Rs. 3.25 lakhs on every family in the state in the past three years, Mr. Naidu alleged.
He said the Anna canteens launched by the TDP were closed down after the YSRCP came to power and the local body system is totally debilitated. On the one side, the state is witnessing a total debt burden while on the other hand a variety of taxes are being imposed, he observed. "When there is a recommendation to suspend Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren's Assembly membership for recommending mining contract for his own firm, what action should be taken against Jagan in the Saraswati land issue? When the Kovvur Urban Bank panel was dismissed by Jagan, the High Court ordered that the same panel be reinstated," Mr. Naidu said.
He further said that the development of the state is possible only if the TDP comes to power and asked all party activists to work towards this goal. There are still 18 months to go for the Assembly elections, if held as per schedule, but Jagan may go for early polls, Mr. Naidu said. He asked the constituency in-charges of the TDP to stay in their respective areas at least for 10 days a month and the constituency observers for eight days a month. He asked the party members to be vigilant about voters' verification as voters could be deleted from the list.
Also, Mr. Naidu asked the TDP leaders to have their own social media platforms and said the party will fight against false cases being foisted against party activists. He called upon the party leaders to go to the people with the slogan "Quit Jagan save Andhra Pradesh."