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Defeat BJP, Chandrababu Naidu Tells Karnataka’s Telugu Voters

The remark is significant because Telugus are Karnataka’s third largest ethnic group.

Aggrieved at the unjust treatment meted out to Andhra Pradesh, the State’s Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has requested all Telugu people in Karnataka to defeat the BJP. The remark is very significant because Telugus are the third largest ethnic group in Karnataka.

About 15% of Karnataka’s population is estimated to be Telugu speaking and Telugu is the third most spoken language in Karnataka after Kannada and Urdu.

“I am appealing to all Telugu people in Karnataka to defeat the BJP, which is resorting to collusion politics and conspiracies in Karnataka elections,” ANI quoted Naidu as saying at a Telugu Desam Party public meeting in Tirupati.

According to this Business Standard article, at least 12 districts of Karnataka have a sizeable Telugu population – Tumakuru, Chitradurga, Ballari, Koppal, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Bidar, Bengaluru City and Bengaluru Rural.

“The four districts of Bidar, Kalaburagi, Kolar and Ballari have a significant share of almost 30% Telugu voters,” the report adds. “While Bangalore Urban and Rural, have 49% and 65% Telugu-speaking population respectively, the figures for Kolar, Bellary and Raichur are 76%, 63% and 64% respectively.” Bengaluru, which accounts for 28 seats has about 25 lakh Telugu voters, the report said.

Naidu, who is also the TDP chief, said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed to fulfil the promise of granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP, which pulled out of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance in March over its refusal to grant special status to the state, screened three different videos of Modi’s speeches to showcase the numerous unfulfilled promises made by the PM during the 2014 General Elections.

Naidu showed a video clip in which Modi is heard praising then BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu for extracting the promise of a special status from then UPA government. He had then said the promise would be fulfilled if he is voted to power, National Herald reported.

Another video clip showed the PM assuring people of a new capital for the state. “The PM had promised to build a capital better than Delhi, but he gave only Rs 1500 crore to Amaravati while Rs 2500 crore was given to build a statue (of Sardar Patel in Gujarat). Is it not betrayal?” Naidu said.

The Indian Express, quoted the Andhra CM as saying: “I am questioning the Centre if we are we not eligible for development? The Centre is giving funds to Dholera city in Gujarat which already has Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Don’t we need a capital city like other states? We are also part of this country, we are also paying taxes.”

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