Telugu Desam Party president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu has arguably become more busy than a chief minister already. The lane leading to his house on the tony Jubilee Hills road of Hyderabad is full of visitors and party workers. There is no space to walk and the pathway leading to his house is a carpet made of paper remnants from crackers burst every minute.
Inside his house there is no standing space with people jostling, hands full with bouquets, sweets and prasad from the Venkateshwara temple in Tirupati. All to greet Naidu and for a photo opportunity with him. In the midst of all this, Naidu took a few minutes out and spoke exclusively to Business Today.
Naidu appeared very clear on the priorities before the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). "We want to make India a corruption-free country and therefore the first priority will be to eradicate corruption. Then, we also want efficient leadership. For both these, Modi is a capable leader and India will have a bright future." He also stressed on the need for inclusive growth in India. "We want good policies because we are in doldrums today we want to change that and we want to bring inclusive growth."
He plans to focus on the development of coastal Andhra, the region where he will form the government.
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"For me there is one more agenda. Seemandhra (coastal Andhra) has many problems and we have to build this state from the foundation and here I need the cooperation of NDA.' Naidu plans to seek special category status for coastal Andhra. Currently, there is some talk that this status may be provided only to select locations in the state but not all across the coastal Andhra region. "I want this for the full state of Seemandhra for a period of 15 years."
Naidu believes that if coastal Andhra were to get excise duty exemption then the region could turn into an industrial hub like Silvassa and Himachal's Baddi. "That is what I am asking," he said. Naidu plans to make Seemandhra an energy hub, including for solar and gas-based projects.
Finally, Naidu turned to his favourite subject: technology. "If I am techno savvy, so is Modi. We want to get more investments into hardware in Seemandhra and have many hardware parks there and that is what Modi has also committed."
Naidu refused to say anything on the new state capital saying it needs to be discussed and he is looking forward to meeting Modi soon.