Agencies, New Delhi
Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu today accused the Congress of playing ‘dirty politics’ on the Telangana issue at the cost of nine crore Telugu people and said it had abdicated its responsibility to find a peaceful solution at a time when competing interests were vying with one another through dialogue and debate.
Mr Naidu, who is slated to begin an indefinite hunger strike in the Capital to protest against the Centre’s decision to create the state of Telangana, visited Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat and asserted that life in Andhra Pradesh had come to an ‘immobilismo’, an Italian expression for ‘standstill,’ for the past 70 days ever since the Congress decision to bifurcate the state.
‘’I am using an Italian expression to convey the feelings of the people of AP as it is an appropriate way to reach to the Congress high command,’’ the former Chief Minister told reporters here.
He said his fast was to reach out to the people of the country to decide it was fair for the party leading the UPA Government at the Centre to ignore and bypass the political parties and elected representatives and treat the issue concerning lives and interests of nine crore people as an internal affair of the Congress by allowing Digvijay Singh, P Chidambaram and M Veerappa Moily and other leaders to arrive at a solution to the protracted problem.