Naidu faults Cong on international airport

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Hyderabad, Feb 16 (UNI) Leader of the Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu today questioned the Congress for inviting its President Sonia Gandhi for inaugurating the International airport at Shamshabad next month and naming it after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Participating in the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address, he claimed credit for getting approval for the greenfield airport project from the Centre and said it would be only proper for the state government to call Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the inauguration.

The Congress government was singing ''Sonia Bhajan'' only to stick to power, he alleged, demanding the international airport terminal be named after former Prime Minister P V Narasimha Rao, the architect of the economic reforms in the country and the national airport terminal after former Chief Minister N T Rama Rao, who upheld the self esteem of Telugu people all over the world.

The names would be definitely changed when the TDP came to power, he asserted.

He termed as an ''insult'' to all Telugu people the denial of appointment for Congress Parliamentary Party Deputy Leader G Venkataswamy to meet Ms Gandhi, forcing him to return after four days of stay in the national capital.

While the Tamil Nadu Government had got classical language status for Tamil, the Congress Government had failed to effectively take up the grant of such a status for Telugu with the Centre, he said.


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