Telangana and AP rivalry reaches US as sons of Naidu and Chandrasekhara Rao land to woo investors

Both the political heirs have MBAs from US—Lokesh from Stanford University, and K T Rama Rao from Baruch College-City Univerisity of New York.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: May 5, 2015 9:09 pm
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The rivalry between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana has reached the United States of America as the sons of chief ministers of both states have landed there to woo investors to the two new states. While N Lokesh Naidu, son of Andhra CM Chandrababu Naidu, landed in California on May 3, K T Rama Rao, IT Minister and son of Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao, landed in New York today. Both the political heirs have MBAs from US—Lokesh from Stanford University, and K T Rama Rao from Baruch College-City Univerisity of New York.

Though Lokesh, 33, does not represent the AP Government nor is he an elected member, he has been tasked by the senior Naidu to build bridges with the large population of Andhra community in the US. Lokesh will meet investors and entrepreneurs and hard sell AP as the ‘Sunrise State’, seeking investments and also promote it as a industrial and manufacturing hub. He will attend meetings and functions organized by the local NRI groups.


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Lokesh’s first meeting was in Los Angeles, where he was taken out in a procession of 100 limousines, for Smart Village-Smart Wards where he requested NRIs to adopt villages they hail from. Nearly 600 NRIs attended the meeting at Hotel Sheraton Cerritos and 126 persons signed up for adopting a village or ward. He also attended an event hosted by BluePointe Capital, attended by 90 niche investors in IT, ITES & Electronic Manufacturing. He also met Krishna Yarlagadda, head of Imagination Technologies. He would be visiting Austin, Texas, and New York, Washington DC, Chicago, New Jersey and Dallas. “Lokesh’s aim is to solicit the participation of Telugu NRIs in development in Andhra Pradesh by adopting villages and participation in Smart AP Programme launched by State Government,” a TDP leader said.

Telangana’s IT Minister K T Rama Rao, 39, will meet IT honchos of Microsoft, Google, and Cisco, and industrialists and entrepreneurs to seek investments in Hyderabad and Telangana. KTR will be attending a series of meetings in Washington DC, Edison, New Jersey, New York, Pittsburg, Dallas and Bay Area. The main focus of the trip would be to promote ‘Vibrant Hyderabad’, and attract investments into IT, electronics, pharma, defense and aerospace industries. KTR will also seek the support of Telangana NRIs to participate in ‘Mission Kakatiya’ which aims to desilt and restore all lakes and ponds, and in the water grid project.

IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan is accompanying KTR. Both the political heirs will be visiting several cities and will attend functions and meetings organized by respective community groups. During his visit from May 5 to 16, KTR will also participate in the TiECon 2015 conference to be held on May 15-16 at Santa Clara Conventions Centre, California. He is also scheduled to meet professors at Stanford regarding PhotonIC. While KTR’s official trip is borne from the 2015-16 budget provision under IT Promotions, Lokesh’s expenses are being borne by NRIs.

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  1. Varun Reddy
    May 6, 2015 at 1:07 am
    They are binamis of TDP in singapore and america,so they pay for CM's Son.Is CM son is not in astate to afford an air ticket,they are just making there trip more convenient saying with black money as no one can question about the expenses of lokesh,but 1 thing is clear lokesh went to america to take a pic with obama that costs 20 lakhs for that trip,KTR went to invite investors for global summit on next 2016 jan summit and to explain them about the new Advanced Industrial policy.
    1. M
      May 6, 2015 at 12:12 am
      Good article explaining healthy rivalry between states. The expatriates are our strength and we should leverage their expertise to develop our tech sector.
      1. C
        May 7, 2015 at 7:52 am
        Lokesh prefers to keep a low profile& is believed to be the brain behind some TDP. initiatives.
        1. S
          S ashok
          May 6, 2015 at 1:02 am
          I hope they dont just end up signing g MOUs and enjoying Telugu NRI hospitality , both have smartly chosen the right time to escape the summer heat in AP. But if public money is being spent for these scions visits they owe an explanation on the objectives of the visits and what they have achieved on these sojourns. A year down the line these should be measured against actual executed projects on ground.