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KCR celebrates four years of Telangana, Chandrababu calls it a ‘black day’

Telangana CM says his state has become ‘richest in the country’ in just four years of its formation even as neighbouring Andhra bemoans betrayal by the Modi government.

andhra pradesh Updated: Jun 02, 2018 15:46 IST
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
Hindustan Times, Hyderabad
K Chandrasekhar Rao,Telangana,Andhra Pradesh
Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said the day was not far when the people’s dream of a “Golden Telangana” would become reality. (HT File)

Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday congratulated the state on its fourth anniversary, and said that his government has become a role model for the entire country as far as implementation of welfare and developmental programmes was concerned.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, on the other hand, described the occasion as a “black day” when the Congress and the BJP together conspired to divide the state. The people of Andhra Pradesh were yet to recover from the “unscientific bifurcation” even four years after the event, he added.

Telangana had attained statehood on June 2, 2014, after an agitation that extended over several decades.

Addressing an impressive gathering at Secunderabad on the occasion of the state’s fourth anniversary, Rao – popularly known as KCR – said the day was not far when the people’s dream of a “Bangaru Telangana (Golden Telangana)” would become reality. He listed out the ways in which Telangana had become the “most prosperous state” in the country within just four years of its formation.

“The innovative schemes introduced by our government impressed the rest of the county so much that officials and elected representatives from other states made a beeline to Telangana to study our developmental model and replicate it,” said Rao. “It is a matter of pride that our state has become a role model for others.”

The chief minister also declared that Telangana was now the richest state in the country, with a growth rate of 21%. “We are marching ahead with the principle of creating wealth and distributing it equally among the people,” he said.

He listed Mission Kakatiya; Mission Bhagiratha; Kalyana Lakshmi; irrigation-related projects; healthy industrialisation; financial assistance of Rs 8,000 per acre in two spells every year; comprehensive crop insurance scheme; KCR kits to expectant mothers; Aasara pensions for the poor; and two-bedroom houses for the poor among his government’s achievements in the last four years.

Naidu, on the other hand, led the people in reciting a pledge – the Nava Nirmana Deeksha – to rebuild the truncated state into a prosperous one in the years to come at a simple ceremony in Vijayawada.

Accusing the Centre of creating a feeling of insecurity among the people of Andhra Pradesh, he said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has betrayed us by denying special category status to the state and failing to fulfill the promises made in the bifurcation act. He cheated even Lord Venkateshwara of Tirumala, in whose presence he had promised to help the state in every way he can.”

Naidu claimed that the Centre was targeting Andhra Pradesh by not releasing funds for the establishment of its capital, Amaravati, and the Polavaram project – touted as the lifeline of the state. “Even then, our government is trying to develop the state on all fronts by implementing several welfare and developmental schemes,” he said.

The Nava Nirmana Deeksha programme will continue until June 8, coinciding with the formation of Naidu’s government four years ago.

First Published: Jun 02, 2018 15:45 IST