Asked about the UPA government’s Rs. 30,000-crore bailout package for AI, Pusapati said: “If anyone has to honour those commitments, there should have been no change in government.” He added that the government wouldn’t take any hasty decision on privatising AI, “but I am not closed to any idea”.
On Vadra, he said: “Security should be meaningful, not ornamental. It will depend on what the home ministry feels about the threat perception. We’ll have to see. By and large, an Indian citizen should go through it (security checks).”
Pusapati, who belongs to the TDP, also recalled his party’s long-standing demand for naming the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad after TDP founder and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister NT Rama Rao.
“It was the demand of undivided Andhra. We would like to see it through. Against the wishes of the Telugu people, the (Congress state) government named it after someone else. There is a feeling that NTR’s name should be there,” he said.