Seemandhra: 'Get over the division, start from scratch'

Hyderabad, March 24:The Andhra Pradesh bifurcation though an old story, has reportedly left thousands of people in Seemandhra disappointed and striving for basic requirements. TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu had a great role to play here and he played it well-as a source of inspiration. He said that if the people of Andhra Pradesh could build the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh from the scratch with an iron will, this will not take any time.

Speaking at the Leader Meet the People" programme, organised by the AP Journalists' Forum on Sunday, the leader urged that the people should get over their sorrows of Andhra division and reconcile to start from the scratch.

"Yes, there is insecurity among the people of Seemandhra after bifurcation. It is of no use crying over the past. If we start developing the residuary AP with an iron will, we can transform it into a Singapore within no time. If we can turn challenges into opportunities, we can build a new state," he said.

Still hopeful for a better future in Seemandhra, the TDP leader disclosed several projects and plans for development for the two states. "Let bygones be bygones. People of Telangana and Seemandhra should continue to live like brothers even after bifurcation," he said. Confident about the outcome of his development in Telangana he said that if he can change Andhra Pradesh, he can change Seemandhra too if he comes to power.

What faces Chandrababu Naidu

If we leave aside the sharp criticism by the opposition, there are bigger challenges that Naidu faces. While this areas of the divided state is devoid of any natural resources, except a long coast line, there is the problem of generation gaps too. Naidus' developmental profile does not seem to touch a chord with the youngsters as they were very small when Chandrababu Naidu was the CM. Therefore, they would not know about his work.

Naidu's model of development for Seemandhra

Chandrashekhar Naidu said he would follow the Chinese model of development that involves decentralising development in Seemandhra. In fact, every two districts are likely to be the growth centres for a particular field. For instance, Kakinada and Eluru can have petro corridors and Nellore and Krishna will have acqua centers.

The Buckingham Canal may witness a facelift, which connects Coastal Andhra to Tamil Nadu. Using it as an important waterway is on Naidu's cards.

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