TDP SUPREMO SAYS

'NDA can bring stability, transparency & economic development'

IF voted back to power, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) which had been extending full throat support to the NDA government led by Mr. A.B. Vajpayee, would continue to do so. The unstinting support to NDA, would be there. The Party is not going to budge an inch from this stand, asserts the TDP supremo, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu in an interview with Amitabha Sen. The NDA could bring stability, transparency and economic development", he said. Back home, government of Andhra Pradesh, the IT face of India, is "open to all and ready to help any State in IT field" Mr. Naidu said.

AS: Remaining outside the power at the Centre, all these years your Telugu Desam Party has extended issue-based support to the NDA government led by Mr. Vajpayee. What the five-year balance sheet says? Are you happy with maintaining such a position?

NCN: Yes. I am happy extending issue-based support to the NDA govt. at the Centre. The NDA could bring stability, transparency and economic development. The rate of economic growth now at 10% tells it all. As far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned, we could get adequate help whenever, necessary from the NDA government.

AS: Are the reasons that prompted you to extend such support to the BJP-led government good enough even today to extend similar support to Mr. Vajpayee, if his Party returns to power once again this time?

NCN: I have made it clear that we will continue to extend our support to the NDA government, if it returns to power and there is no change in our stand.

AS: Few days back Mr. Vajpayee indicated that he is tired of coalition govt. What according to you, could be the political significance of such remark and what could be the probable impact of such remark on future of coalition politics in India?

NCN: He might have meant of the Challenge in running a coalition government of many parties. The NDA government, which completed its full term, has shown that a coalition government can be successfully run.

AS: Do you think that coalition politics has come to stay in this country?

NCN: Yes.

AS: Senior BJP leader, Mr. L. K. Advani said that he would prefer a two-party system in India and mentioned the names as well: BJP and Congress. Your comment please. What is the prospect of a two-party system in India, in the backdrop of a changed political scenario, which is largely dominated by regional parties?

NCN: I am not aware what Mr. Advani has really said and meant. But I am making it clear that in India, the role of regional parties is paramount and without these parties, no government can be formed or run at the Centre.

AS: One of the major change that the NDA govt. has been vigorously trying to push through is the privatisation of public sectors units, insurance and banks in a phased manner. Donít you think that the mixed economy, where state played a crucial role since independence, has a vital role to play in the economy of a country which is poverty stricken?

NCN: Mixed economy has its own role to play, but at the same time, privatisation of some of the PSUs also necessary to achieve rapid economic growth and industrialisation. Our country today is not poverty stricken, our economy is one of the strongest growing economies in the world.

AS: Do you support this random privatisation?

NCN: Yes, wherever it helps the economic growth of the country and results in overall development.

AS: Andhra Pradesh is described by a many as the IT face of India? How AP can help other states who are lagging behind to prop up in this sector, as regional disparities in this sector ultimately may not help the country as a whole? Looking beyond AP, from national perspective how your state can share IT successes with others?

NCN: We are ready to share our experiences in IT field. For instance, many States in India and even abroad has studied and replicated our e-Seva and computerisation of registration etc. I have submitted, as Co-Chairperson of the National IT Task Force, my report to the Central Government.

AS: In social sector, recent happenings has increased the inter-community tension and even torn out the social fabrics of some states. Even Mr. Advani said that strenuous Indo-Pak relations are largely influencing the social fabric of India, the majority-minority social relationship. Your views please.

NCN: We stand for secularism and religious tolerance. My party and government implemented many programmes for the welfare of minorities, weaker sections and backward classes.

AS: What are the three topmost priorities TDP would give, if returned to power in the state again?

NCN: Irrigation, Agriculture and Employment. We are committed to give top priority to agriculture and irrigation to help the farmers and employment to the youth.

April 25, 2004


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