Invoking Telugu pride, BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday alleged that the UPA government has insulted Telugu people often and divided Andhra Pradesh without taking their opinion.
"The government of the mother and son and the Congress party in Delhi insulted Telugu people whenever they had an opportunity. They made Seemandhra and Telangana but they did not take people here into confidence," Modi said kicking off a whirlwind campaign tour of Seemandhra at Madaneapalle in Chitoor district.
"The mother and son government fixed June 2 as the appointed date (when the two states come into existence) as it is also the date of Italy's formation day," he claimed.
Alleging that the country has become 'Scam India' under the 'mother and son government', the 63-year-old BJP leader said, the nation should now become a "Scheme India" with welfare and development schemes being implemented for the people.
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, actor-turned politician Pawan Kalyan are part of Modi's campaigning tour.
Modi launched TDP-BJP combine's poll campaign in the temple town of Tirupati, by addressing a rally last night.
Reaching out to the Seemandhra voters, the Gujarat chief minister said the choice for them is between a 'Scam Andhra' and 'Swarna Andhra (Golden Andhra)'.
Highlighting that he and Naidu stood for development, Modi said the TDP-BJP combine would usher in a new wave of development for residuary Andhra Pradesh.
Noting that the BJP has promised to set up 100 smart cities across the country, he said Seemandhra would get a due share in the plan.
He said the Congress is going to get a completely new generation of leaders in Seemandhra. "The 2014 elections will be a preparation for the next round of elections." Ramesh said while there is a lot of anger in Seemandhra over the bifurcation and people would have been a little happier if Hyderabad was declared as a Union Territory, there are benefits from the AP Reorganisation Act.
Arguing that all the development in Andhra in the last 20 years was Hyderabad-centric, he said, "freed from Hyderabad", Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Vijayawada, Tirupati and Nellore will now "take off". "In many ways, Hyderabad which is a magnet has also been a drag on the rest of Seemandhra." He noted that the Act has many commitments, including special category status for Seemandhra and establishment of educational institutions.
"I don't think Seemandhra could have got a better deal from bifurcation. If any bifurcation was inevitable, this was the way to do it," Ramesh said.