Naidu warns, KCR ridicules
The political slugfest between AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao over the cash-for-vote scam intensified on Wednesday with Naidu saying it will be end of KCR\'s regime if he tries to arrest him.
Cordial relations efforts nullified
New Delhi: The political slugfest between AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao over the cash-for-vote scam intensified on Wednesday with Naidu saying it will be end of KCR's regime if he tries to arrest him.
"If he does like that (tries to arrest me) then it will be the last day for his government," Naidu told NDTV in Delhi. KCR's Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has accused Naidu of playing a role in the alleged bribery attempt by Revanth Reddy, a legislator of his Telugu Desam Party (TDP), to Elvis Stephenson, a nominated MLA, to influence his vote in the state legislative council elections.
A TV channel in Telangana, TNews, aired an audio recording on Sunday of what it alleges is a conversation between Naidu and Stephenson. TNews is at least partly owned by the family of KCR. Naidu told NDTV that the tapes and phone conversation are doctored and questioned the role of KCR and his use of police to intimidate him and his party legislators.
"Either he has taped my conversation, or his channel has or it is fabricated. Why should I answer for it?" he asked. Naidu alleged that the Telangana Chief Minister has started mudslinging and attacking him despite a number of efforts by him to reach out and have cordial relations between the two neighbouring states.
"We are two states now. Both for Telugu people. I have said in the past that we must cooperate with each other for an overall development of the states," he said. He went on to attack the KCR of horse-trading and said he is not interested in an MLA or MLC from Telangana as he had the numbers unlike KCR who has been breaking his TDP party and taking his MLAs and even making one a minister.
Naidu said he will be meeting his friends in the capital and will ask them to intervene in his favour. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister met the Prime Minister and the BJP president on Wednesday and asked them to ensure the primacy of the role of the Governor in the common State capital Hyderabad. He made a subtle attack on the Governor asking him why he allowed a legislator from his party to become a minister.