Political News, State, (Amaravati) April 10:-Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister K E Krishna Murthy appealed the voters of Karnataka state not to vote for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as they rejected to grant Special Category Status (SCS) and other benefits to AP.
Talking to media here on Monday, he said that the Telugu voters in Karnataka should remember the betrayal of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Andhra Pradesh by rejecting SCS and other Re-organisation Act benefits.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that not only the voters of Karnataka but also Tamil Nadu’s voters should not vote for the BJP for the injustice, it meted out to AP.
He asked the voters to vote for whatever parties they like but not the BJP.
Murthy afraid that if the Centre continues to adopt such an arbitrary stand then it would lead to polarisation of North and South in future.
There is a buzz in the political circle that the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has sent party teams to Karnataka to campaign against the BJP and Modi in the ensuing Assembly elections. TDP sources have denied this. The deputy Chief Minister went to Bengaluru on personal work and when the media asked him to speak, he held a press conference, they said. TDP sources said that though the party has not sent any teams to Karnataka to campaign against the BJP, the party’s point of view is the same as that expressed by Murthy on SCS and other issues regarding AP.
The Telugu speaking community in Karnataka forms a sizeable population in the state and makes for a significant voter base. But with the Telugu Desam Party pulling out of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance, the BJP now finds itself in a bit of a problem with the Telugu population in Karnataka.
The Telugu population in Karnataka is concentrated in places such as Ballari, Kalaburagi, Bidar and Kolar.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)