In an interview with ET, K Chiranjeevi speaks about Jagan Reddy, Telangana and why he feels CM should learn to be accommodative.
What are your views on the question of Telangana statehood?
K Chiranjeevi: This is just my personal opinion I'm advancing, not the party's. I am in favour of a united Andhra Pradesh. Nearly 40% of our state's revenue is generated in Hyderabad and out of that, the majority of the sectors are in the hands of the Andhra people. The geography of Andhra Pradesh is so divided that coal is in Telengana, irrigation in Andhra and mines in Rayalseema. The inter exchange of revenue generated is very complex. How can it be unravelled painlessly? If Hyderabad goes to Telangana, definitely there will be financial chaos. If, however, the party high command decides to support a separate Telengana state, then I will follow the party line.
AP Congress appears to be in trouble. The way former health minister DL Ravindra Reddy was sacked doesn't augur well for Chief Minister Kiran Reddy...
K Chiranjeevi: That is true. The dismissal of Ravindra Reddy was unfortunate, and I have conveyed this to the high command. To dismiss someone whose resignation letter is already lying with you is bad. I feel that the problem is with Chief Minister Kiran Reddy. He should try to co-ordinate more and take everyone along. He somehow never shares details of any welfare schemes to be launched with senior leaders of the party. He should talk to us more often. I don't really know what makes him secretive, after all it is a Congress government in the state.
Have you raised this issue with him?
K Chiranjeevi: No, but I have conveyed my feelings to the high command.
Do you see Jagan Mohan Reddy as a threat to Congress?
K Chiranjeevi: He is an awful character. His quid pro quo will be exposed very soon, just as the Bellary mining brothers, Yedyurappa and others have bitten the dust. Whatever sympathy he is enjoying because of his late father's death is temporary. His party organisation is already shaky.
But there's speculation that Congress is open to a tie up with YSR Congress?
K Chiranjeevi: That is not true! YSR Congress has approached Congress, as it is finding the going tough with Jagan Mohan Reddy in jail, and the organisation being handled by his mother and sister. Congress does not need him. When YSR Congress supported a Telugu Desam sponsored no-confidence motion against the Congress, 17 Congress MLAs walked over to his side, and exactly 17 MLAs of Praja Rajyam Party supported Congress. So where is the need?
As tourism minister, can you tell us if arrivals have increased, after travel advisories following the Delhi gangrape?
K Chiranjeevi: Till March we were worried at the figures, there was a 2.3% dip in arrivals, but May figures are encouraging, with arrivals showing a 3.2% hike. I actually went through the advisories, they didn't forbid travel of women to India. The advisories said that if you choose to travel to India, then take steps like informing the police if you are camping overnight at a remote location, not to travel alone, at least in some areas, to wear outfits which are respectful of local sentiments etc. I agree with most of the advisory, so I don't see a problem.
Courtesy: Economic Times