Babu sounds poll bugle

Hyderabad, October 31: Eyeing mayor post, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu today tried to woo the settlers from Andhra, Rayalaseema and other states in view of the coming Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation polls.

“TDP created lakhs of jobs in Hyderabad. As a result settlers from Andhra, Rayalaseema and other states, including Gujarat are living in the city,’’ Naidu said while sounding the poll bugle at the party office.

“TDP will protect the interests of all the settlers,’’ Naidu said in a bid to strike chord with settlers, who are in large numbers.

This is being viewed as a counter to Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrasekhara Rao’s slogan, `Telangana walo jago Andhra walo bhago’ (awake Telangana people and chase Andhra people away).

Listing out the various developmental activities taken up during his rule, Naidu said that Hyderabad was developed into a cosmopolitan city with law and order in place. He alleged that Hyderabad was now a haven for rowdy gangs and the city roads were ruined under Congress rule.

He said that about 55,000 workers at ten workers per polling booth would be appointed in the city to prepare the party for the coming elections. “The situation is favourable for us. I am sure that TDP would emerge victorious in GHMC polls,’’ Naidu said.

Former minister Talasani Srinivasa Yadav too blamed TRS chief for his call to chase Andhra people away. Interestingly, former MLA G Sayanna termed Srinivasa Yadav as mayor in the making, while seniors like T Devender Goud, K Vijayarama Rao, K Hareeswar Reddy and others recalled the development witnessed during TDP regime.