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Makes sense to set party base in Coastal Andhra, says Chandrababu Naidu

Monday, 19 May 2014 - 6:38am IST | Place: Hyderabad | Agency: dna

Telegu Desam Party president and CM designate for Seemandhra, Nara Chandrababu Naidu, on Sunday said would make Vijayawada-Guntur as his base for functioning for the next few months till a new capital for the newly formed state is identified and work is commenced within next five months.

Naidu who kickstarted the process of making a new government and choosing the cabinet, said on Sunday "I will conduct most of my functions as a CM at Guntur and not in Hyderabad, though for the sake of administrative convenience I will have a set up in Hyderabad as well." But Naidu has time till June 2 to decide whether Seemandhra's Assembly will function from Hyderabad or a region in Coastal districts.
Chandrababu Naidu's decision has been influenced by the landslide victory for TRS in Telangana, an indication that people want more autonomy for the T state. Feeling vulnerable in such an environment, Naidu disclosed to his close aides that it would be a better idea to shift base. The kitchen cabinet of Naidu comprising several retired IAS officials, retired irrigation engineers and economists have already commenced work on preparing a policy statement for Naidu.

The TDP chief declared at his first press conference after the election win that he will sign farmers loans and women self-help group loan waivers files at the swearing-in of office. The ceremony will be held either in Vijawada or Tirupathi. "I have not made any false promises" Naidu retorted in response to YSRC chief's charges. "Better fiscal management will give the State all capabilities to provide loan waivers and also free power to farmers etc," he explained.

Naidu said it is time for the Centre to ensure speedy deliverance of all that was promised in the Telangana Bill and the special packages announced for Seemandhra like grants for Polavaram, the new capital, educational institutions, better job options, SEZ's and industrial corridor etc. In this task, TDP's alliance with the BJP and the rapport shared with Narender Modi will be of great advantage," he said. 

However, the TDP leader has been critical of national media's promotion of YSRC party and Jaganmohan Reddy in the elections and their positive projection of YSRCP's performance in exit polls. "You congratulate Jaganmohan Reddy and not me," Naidu told a national news channel correspondent, who went up to greet and congratulate him. News watchers who have been witness to such intolerance towards media during the Congress regime, particularly by former CM YS Raja Shekhar Reddy, now say Chandrababu Naidu is following the same pattern.

The newly elected Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Assemblies have an equal measure of legislators with criminal backgrounds. If the 119-member Telangana house has 63 MLAs with a criminal record, the 175-member AP assembly has 81 members with criminal profiles, says a survey done by Forum for Good Governance (FGG) .

The Hyderabad-based forum says that these findings were based on the election affidavits submitted by the candidates and also facts gleaned from the state police and the Income Tax departments. "There are a lot of gaps in affidavits of the candidates and the inquiries with Police and IT departments speaks volumes otherwise," says a spokesman of the forum.

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