Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the previous Congress-led UPA government had taken the “hasty” decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh for “political selfishness”. He accused the Congress of creating tension between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and “spreading poison”.
“For some people’s political selfishness, Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated in haste without properly carrying out the process of proper consultation. I can even today feel the pain of those innocents who lost their lives and suffered loss to property,” said Modi, after laying the foundation stone for Amravati, the new capital city of Andhra Pradesh, at Uddandarayuni Palem village on the banks of the Krishna in Guntur district.
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“Those people who while bifurcating Andhra and Telangana have attempted to sow the seeds of a permanent problem, they are even today adding fertiliser to create poison, create illusion and are trying to play with the emotions of the youth,” he said.
“They are spreading poison. They are trying to spread illusion. From Amaravati, this cultural centre, I would like to assure the people of Andhra that the Centre would implement whatever is said in the (Andhra Pradesh) Re-organisation Act in letter and spirit within the sipulated time frame,” he said.
Modi accused the previous UPA government of trying to sow the seeds of a permanent problem between the two states and urged the people to move forward in the “true spirit and soul of Telugu”.
In contrast, Modi said, three new states — Uttarkhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh—-were created during A B Vajpayee’s tenure without any problem.
Modi, who brought soil from Parliament House complex in Delhi and water from Yamuna river to mix with the soil of Amaravati as a symbolic gesture, said the action sends out a message that “Delhi has come to Amaravati”.
“This symbol has a message… that Delhi will always stand and move shoulder to shoulder in Andhra’s journey to touch newer heights,” he said.
Telangana CM K Chandrasekhara Rao, who attended the event, congratulated Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrabau Naidu and the people of the state. Ministers from Japan and Singapore also attended the event.
— With PTI