In the meantime, Telangana activists observed the day as Telangana Betrayal Day.
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy hoisted the National Flag on the occasion of AP Formation Day at NTR Stadium this morning amidst unprecedented security. Delivering his official address later, the CM reiterated his government’s commitment to ensure proper implementation of all welfare programmes across the State. He said that the welfare of all sections of society viz farmers, students, women and unemployed would be his top priority as chief minister.
Explaining the welfare programmes being implemented by the State, Reddy said the State had created a record by providing interest free loans to farmers and providing Rs.4,000 crore towards fee reimbursement scheme meant for students of various communities. He further added that his government is spending Rs.26,000 crore for the development of SC, ST, BC and minority communities.
The CM also agreed that the State is going through a crisis due to shortage of power for the last few days. He said that the state government has spent Rs.300 crore to purchase power from RLNG last month. He announced that the State is ready to spend another Rs.300 crore to buy more power this month also.
Main opposition Telugu Desam Party also celebrated AP Formation Day at its party headquarters. Senior TDP leader and politburo member Y Ramakrishnudu unfurled the National Flag in the presence of other party leaders.
TRS Hoists Black Flag
TRS leaders hoisted a black flag at the party headquarters and observed AP Formation Day as Telangana Betrayal Day. Party senior leader N Narasimha Reddy unfurled the black flag in the presence of other leaders.
Kodandaram under house arrest
Keeping in view the TJAC’s call to observe AP Formation Day as Telangana Betrayal Day and hoist black coloured flags in 10 Telangana districts, the Hyderabad police kept the TJAC chairman Prof Kodandaram under house arrest at his Tarnaka residence. The house arrest drew severe criticism from several Telangana activists, including TNGOs, which attacked the State government by saying that Kodandaram’s house arrest was undemocratic.
Speaking about his house arrest, Prof Kodandaram alleged that the State is under emergency rule. He also asked the government if he did not have the power to exercise his democratic right.
On the other hand, many pro-Telangana activists observed the formation day as a Black Day across 10 Telangana districts by hoisting black flags. Many pro-Telangana employees also boycotted awards that were announced for them.