Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday urged Telugu voters in Karnataka, which is heading to the polls, to not vote for parties which have meted out 'injustice' to the people of the state.
Without naming any political party, Naidu told reporters, “The Telugu people in Karnataka should oppose those who did injustice to the people of AP. The Centre has been playing games and hatching conspiracies against the state. Governor Narasimhan went to Delhi soon after meeting me in Vijayawada. This gives rise to suspicion whether the Centre is up to some mischief with regard to AP.”
He also said that the TDP would not keep quiet if the Centre misused its powers.
Earlier this month, AP Deputy Chief Minister KE Krishna Murthy, who held a press conference in Bengaluru, told Telugu voters to “vote for anybody but the BJP” in the upcoming Karnataka Assembly elections.
Addressing reporters, he said that Telugu people in the southern states, especially in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu should vote against the BJP because Prime Minister Narendra Modi has refused to accord Special Category Status (SCS) to the state.
The deputy CM, who was in Bengaluru on a personal visit, also accused Modi of 'cheating' the Telugu people.
According to reports, besides a sizeable chunk of techies, businessman and labourers in Bengaluru who hail from Andhra Pradesh, districts of Raichur and Ballari in north Karnataka and other constituencies like Tumakuru, Kolar and Bidar also have several Telugu voters who will exercise their right in the upcoming polls.
April 25 the last date for submitting names and April 27 for withdrawal in the single-phase poll. The voting will be held on May 12 and the counting of votes is on May 15.
Last month, the TDP pulled out of NDA to protest its refusal to give special status to the state. Naidu alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone back on the promises he made in 2014 elections.
He also accused the NDA government of failing to implement provisions made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.