Is KCR Upset? No T-day Invite to Centre Yet
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu had a busy day in Delhi meeting up senior ministers from finance minister Arun Jaitley to the chairman of the 15th finance commission YV Reddy, as he sets out to be the next chief minister of Seemandhra. He may have had the advantage of being an ally of the ruling BJP at the Centre, but the contrast with his Telangana counterpart, K Chandrashekhara Rao could not be more stark.
According to top sources in the government, Rao, whose relationship with the BJP cannot be described as warm and fuzzy hasn’t yet extended an invitation to representatives of the Central government for the Telangana state formation day celebrations to be held on June 2nd. When asked about whether any invitation had arrived from the state, parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu had, while briefing the media on the next parliamentary session, denied that any invitation had been received by anyone in the government. “As far as I know, it hasn’t come yet,” he said to a question on Thursday. On Friday too, the answer was the same, although government sources indicated that if the invitation was received in time, a representative “would make it for sure.”
On Wednesday evening, in fact, KCR as he is popularly known was at the receiving end of a terse phone call from home minister Rajnath Singh. According to top sources, Singh was disturbed by the fact that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had called for a statewide bandh following signing of an ordinance which merged 200 villages in seven mandals of Bhadrachalam revenue division in Khammam district with Seemandhra as part of the Polavaram irrigation project. The previous UPA government had declared the project a “national” one and wasn’t able to clear the ordinance as the model code of conduct had been locked in place by then. A designated national project comes under the jurisdiction of the Centre, even though land is a state subject.
Sources say that Singh had asked KCR “not to aggravate the situation and to act with sober counsel” on the matter. Singh had been worried about the possibility of large scale disturbance in the state.