Union Minister for Urban Development M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday asserted that regardless of their States of origin, everyone who lived in the ‘City of Pearls’ that is known for its ‘tehzeeb’ were Hyderabadis.
He pooh-poohed the ‘tactics of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi’ and the way its leaders were whipping up a frenzy by using words that had no relevance.
“There are neither settlers nor is there anything called local or non-local. Everyone who lives here is first an Indian and then a Hyderabadi. We are one nation, one country, one people. That is India and its speciality,” he emphasised.
Mr. Naidu, together with his colleague, Union Minister for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya were present at a breakfast meeting convened by the Telangana unit of the Uttar Bharatiya Manch here.
They sought to drive home the point that the Bharatiya Janata Party stood for development, for unity and for the fact that it all boiled down to everyone living here being Indian.
Reeling out statistics, he recalled how it was a combination of the BJP-TDP combination that was proven to be the best in terms of proven development orientation. “If it started with Atal Bihari Vajpayee as Prime Minister and N. Chandrababu Naidu as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister earlier, it will now also, only be a similar combination with Prime Minister Narendra Modi that will usher development,” he said, adding that it was in the best interests of the people of Hyderabad to vote for the alliance.
Making a specific mention of houses and the way Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had on Saturday, offered to contribute from the State on the housing programme, Mr. Naidu said snidely that while the housing programme was taken up with Central funds, it was all money that belonged to the people. “Actually, there is nothing called State or Central funds. It is your money,” he said, to applause, urging voters to cast their ballot for the ‘Lotus and Cycle’ combination.