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Telangana Bill: Naidu wriggled out of a tricky situation

Hyderabad:  Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu did not get an opportunity to express his views on the Telangana Bill in the Assembly but his MLAs feel this was a “blessing is disguise” for
PTI January 30, 2014 23:00 IST
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Hyderabad:  Telugu Desam Party President N Chandrababu Naidu did not get an opportunity to express his views on the Telangana Bill in the Assembly but his MLAs feel this was a “blessing is disguise” for their leader whose stand on the Statehood issue is often seen as wrapped in ambiguity.  

Though there was talk in Assembly lobbies in afternoon that the Leader of Opposition gave his views to the Speaker in the form of an “affidavit”, Naidu's aides denied that.  TDP MLAs also said their leader did not submit his views on the Bill in writing like many others did.  

It would have been a ticklish task for Naidu, who treats Seemandhra and Telangana as his “two eyes”, to actually register his views on record on the state bifurcation issue at a time when his party has been split vertically along regional lines and is being viewed with suspicion in both the regions.  TDP has become the target of other parties in Seemandhra for “facilitating” the bifurcation, while in Telangana it is, ironically, being attacked for being “pro-united AP”.

Naidu's stated position, however, has been that the TDP “remains committed” to its letter (to the Centre) seeking creation of Telangana state but only after doing “equal justice to all regions” and addressing the concerns of Seemandhra people in particular.