The Telugu Desam’s three-day annual conclave Mahanadu, which began here on Friday, sent out a loud warning to the Kiran Kumar Reddy government as well as YS Jagan Mohan Reddy while being more vocal on the Telangana issue without abandoning its two-eye philosophy.
Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu, in his inaugural address which lasted nearly one and a half hours, said that his party would move a no-confidence motion against the state government and that it was not dragging its feet as claimed by YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
“We are not hesitating to move the no-confidence motion. We had moved no-confidence motions in the past. From the beginning our stand has been very clear, “ he said in an oblique reference to Jagan Mohan Reddy’s allegation that he was not moving a no-confidence motion only to protect the Kiran Kumar Reddy government.
Later, party leader Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, on the sidelines of the conclave, made it clear that the party would move the motion on the issue of farmers’ problems during the next session of the Assembly.
Trying to take the sting out of Jagan Mohan Reddy’s professions that the state government was at his mercy, Naidu said, “Why don’t you pull down the government if you have so much strength. Go to the governor and parade the MLAs who are backing you,” he challenged him.
For the first time, the Mahanadu adopted a resolution paying rich tributes to martyrs of both Telangana and Andhra movements. In a bold step Naidu wanted a wide debate on the T-issue.
“The Mahanadu should discuss the T-issue. We have to provide clarity to people on what TDP is doing on the matter,” Naidu said.
The TDP had sent its letter to the Pranab Mukherjee Committee and made its stand clear.
The Congress incorporated Telangana in its common minimum programme, the President made a statement, the Centre constituted the Srikrishna Committee and took the opinions of the people and political parties.
It was now for the Centre to take a decision on the separate state issue, Naidu said.
“People of both the regions supported me all these years. You tell me how I can take sides,” Naidu asked.(ENS)