Naidu seeks Reddy meet, political circles buzzing

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has suggested a face-to-face meeting with Telangana’s Chief Minister Revanth Reddy.

| Updated: 02 July, 2024 1:40 pm IST
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has suggested a face-to-face meeting with Telangana's Chief Minister Revanth Reddy to discuss issues from the state's division. This proposal has caused quite a stir in political circles.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has suggested a face-to-face meeting with Telangana's Chief Minister Revanth Reddy to discuss issues from the state's division. This proposal has caused quite a stir in political circles.

NEW DELHI: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has suggested a face-to-face meeting with Telangana’s Chief Minister Revanth Reddy to discuss issues from the state’s division. This proposal has caused quite a stir in political circles.

Naidu, whose TDP is in the BJP-led NDA, has suggested meeting Reddy at his home in Hyderabad on July 6. In his letter to Reddy, Naidu emphasized the need for the Telugu-speaking states’ chief ministers to “work closely together” to ensure ongoing progress and prosperity for both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

“It’s been 10 years since Andhra Pradesh was divided. We’ve had many discussions about issues from the Reorganisation Act that greatly affect the well-being and progress of our states,” Naidu said in the letter.

TDP supremo Naidu stated that meeting in person would allow for thorough discussions to find solutions that benefit both states. Interestingly, Reddy used to be in the TDP and was close to Naidu before switching to Congress. Naidu’s proposal comes as the deadline for Hyderabad being the joint capital of both states has ended. Now, Hyderabad will be the capital of Telangana alone, while Andhra Pradesh still needs a capital city. The TDP has promised to develop Amaravati as the state’s capital.

The previous YS Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP government rejected the TDP’s proposal and suggested having three capitals instead. According to their plan, Amaravati would be the legislative capital, Kurnool the judicial capital, and Visakhapatnam the administrative capital. However, this plan has yet to materialize.

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On June 6, Reddy called Naidu to congratulate him after the election results and expressed his willingness to resolve the pending issues between the two states. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act was passed by the Lok Sabha on February 18, 2014, and the Rajya Sabha on February 20, 2014.

Even after a decade since the bifurcation, many issues remain unresolved, mainly due to court cases. These issues include power dues, the division of 91 institutions, cash balances and bank deposits, asset division, the establishment of a thermal power plant and a tribal university, road connectivity, and the sharing of Krishna and Godavari river waters.

Additionally, there are unresolved matters like setting up an integrated steel plant at Bayyaram in Telangana’s Khammam district and a development grant for backward districts that Telangana claims they haven’t received.

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