In the backdrop of statements by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders vowing to not let him tour Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu today dared his political detractors to stop him from visiting the area.
"No one has guts to stop the TDP in Telangana and I will definitely visit Warangal on January 6 to understand the problems of farmers," the former chief minister said in an informal chat with reporters at NTR Bhavan.
Rebutting the TRS stand on his visit to Telangana districts, Naidu said his party enjoys popular support in the region.
The opposition leader further said TRS managed to get only 11 Assembly seats in the 2009 elections despite tyeing up with TDP which had campaigned for the former.
Speaking on the ongoing fracas over Lokpal and Lokayukta Bill, 2011, the TDP chief said the government should reintroduce "effective" legislation in Parliament.
"If the government comes up with effective Lokpal, the TDP will support it fully. Otherwise, the TDP will expose the Congress-led UPA government's designs to perpetuate corruption in the garb of making law," Naidu said.
On the liquor scandal in the state, the TDP chief wanted the Kiran Kumar Reddy government to disclose the names that figured in ACB raids and ensure sale of liquor at MRP.
Alleging that sale of liquor rose during the reign of Congress, Naidu said, "the liquor sale was just 2.28 crore bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and 1.61 crore bottles of beer in 2003-04. Now, the sale rose to 4.12 crore IMFL bottles and 2.49 crore bottles of beer during the Congress period".
He also demanded that the timings of liquor sale be restricted at 8 pm on the lines of Delhi and Kerala.
The main opposition party is holding motorcycle rallies in all 294 Assembly segments of the state from January 3 to 5 protesting against the liquor policy, Naidu said.
Meanwhile, the TDP chief also condemned the remarks of AP DGP V Dinesh Reddy on how dressing style of women is one of the factors for rising cases of rapes in the state.