It has been an year now since the bifurcation and the people have made their peace with it, but the war between the Chief Ministers of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh has been taken to a whole new level today.
The issue in question is phone tapping which was a result of allegations against the Andhra Pradesh CM, Chandrababu Naidu trying to purchase MLA of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
Andhra Pradesh hit back:
Andhra Pradesh has not taken too kindly the action initiated by the TRS in Telangana. Naidu even complained to the union government about the phone tapping issues. N Chinnarajappa, the Home Minister of Andhra Pradesh accused the Telangana government of tapping 120 phones of the Andhra Pradesh government.
To add to it the AP government has also gone ahead and booked 80 cases against K Chandrasekara Rao, the CM of Telangana. The cases were filed in a hurried manner as per the guidelines of the Supreme Court which mandates that an FIR be filed first in cases of phone tapping.
AP alleges conspiracy:
The Andhra Pradesh government has also accused the TRS of entering into a conspiracy with Jaganmohan Reddy, the YSR Congress chief and leader of opposition in AP.
The AP government questioned the role played by Jaganmohan Reddy in this incident and said that the TRS was acting with him to undermine Chandrababu Naidu. The YSR Congress has however denied all these allegations as baseless.
Several MLAs of the Telugu Desam Party which is in power in AP allege that Jagan wants to undermine the good work being done by Naidu and hence he has been siding with the Telangana government.
TRS hits back:
The TRS meanwhile says that it is unfazed by these allegations being made by the TDP. Information and Technology Minister of Telangana, KT Rama Rao tells OneIndia that Naidu needs to first come clean on the allegations.
He has to either deny or confirm the basic issue first. His own MLA while trying to purchase our MLAs had made it clear that he was acting at the behest of Naidu. He is not above the law and the rule of the land will be applicable whether it is a Prime Minister or Chief Minister, Rao further stated.