Defending his government's decision to hold a day-long survey of Telangana residents that may cost the new state Rs. 20 crore, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, in an interview to NDTV on Sunday, said, "I am a Hitler and will be worse than Hitler if need be."
Rao met Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad at behest of the common governor ESL Narasimhan to try and sort out differences between the two states entangled in a long-drawn battle.
Without mincing words, Rao admitted that he had been called Hitler and he was not ashamed of it. "I am a Hitler and I will be worse than Hitler if need be, to stop illegalities," he told NDTV.
Rao was defending the decision of his government to hold the survey of Telangana residents on August 19 to ensure the welfare schemes and benefits reach the needy.
Though the meeting cannot be termed as a roaring success, the coming together of the two CMs in itself is seen as a very positive development.
In the two-hour meet, AP agreed to cut short its budget session (starting on Monday) by a couple of days to accommodate Telangana’s assembly session (in September) within the same premises.
However, there was no consensus on matters like the fee-reimbursement of Seemandhra students in Hyderabad, which Telangana is firmly opposed to.
Telangana was carved out of Andhra Pradesh on March 1 after President Pranab Mukherjee attested the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act passed by the Parliament.
(With inputs from agencies)