Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu met several senior leaders of the country and sought their support for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh. On the first day of his two-day camp in the national capital, he met leaders like Sharad Pawar and Farooq Abdulla, besides others and explained to them the injustice done to the State both at the time of bifurcation and now in the last four years. His point is that the Congress had done injustice to the State during bifurcation while the BJP had betrayed the State after bifurcation was well taken by the non-Congress and non-BJP leaders. He is mustering support to the State’s concerns, though the ruling BJP is not ready to concede any of the demands at this point of time.
While there is support for the State’s cause from the national parties, the two regional parties from the State are at loggerheads handling the fight for the State’s issues. The ruling TDP and the Opposition YSR Congress are fighting the battle between themselves for supremacy, thus weakening the cause. The two parties look their political interests are greater than the State’s interests. The way these two parties fight each other in the national capital is diluting the case.
At a time when the people of the State are aggrieved, the fight between these two parties is causing further agony for the people who fear that they might lose the prime issues of the State. The 40-year old experienced Chandrababu Naidu is not ready to accept his failures in keeping the special category status demand alive. The four-year old experienced Jagan Mohan Reddy is unwilling to accept Chandrababu Naidu’s leadership and wants the credit for his party.
The AP leaders should learn it from the neighbouring Tamil Nadu on putting up united fight for their issues. The ruling and Opposition parties come together and stand for the State in TN. Even in the Telangana agitation, the leaders of all parties have put up a united struggle for the State and they won it too. In Karnataka too, the parties are firm and together in protecting their rights, particularly the issues like Almatti controversy against the united Andhra Pradesh and Cauvery water dispute with the Tamil Nadu.
When it comes to the issue of the State and when people stand together, it is unfortunate that the parties are not standing together in Andhra Pradesh. It is a fact that Jagan Mohan Reddy had been fighting for the special category status issue right from the beginning and he was the first to serve the no confidence motion notice against the Central government. Chandrababu Naidu who had given up the SCS demand and had even tried to suppress the movement for it should accept his mistake . The two parties should put up a united fight and only then the State gets the benefit. Otherwise, the BJP will not concede even a single demand, despite people putting up the united fight.