Is KCR Up­set? No T-day In­vite to Cen­tre Yet

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - NISTULA HEBBAR

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.

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