The Telangana & AP states Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and N Chandrababu Naidu skipped the ‘Alai Balai’ programmes organised by Union Minister of State for Labour Bandaru Dattatreya here on Friday.
But the absence of the Chief Minister did not deter the participants, particularly Dattatreya and Union Minister for Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu, from waxing lyrical on rare bonhomie displayed by KCR and Naidu at Amaravati foundation stone laying function on Thursday.
Venkaiah Naidu termed Chief Ministers sharing dais as a good beginning. It augured well for the future of both Telugu- speaking states, he said. Also, the Centre would strive for development of the two Telugu states, Venkaiah Naidu promised. He lauded Dattatreya for holding unique ‘Alai Balai’ programme every year.
‘Alai Balai’ host Dattatreya echoed similar sentiments like his colleague in the Union Cabinet. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Ministers joining hands in Amaravati and it would benefit both the Telugu states.
‘Alai Balai’ was started in 2005 and from then onwards it acted as a motivating stage where politicians, irrespective of party affiliations, took part and spoke in one voice for Telangana statehood, he recalled.
Speaking earlier, Governor E S L Narasimhan expressed the hope that the politicians would exhibit the same sense of unity and oneness shown during their interactions every day. This would contribute not only to State’s development but also country’s progress.
Telangana State Assembly Speaker Madhusudhana Chary said ‘Alai Balai’ reflected the culture and rich heritage of Telangana State. Hyderabad is known for Bonalu, Bathukamma as well as Dattatreya’s ‘Alai Balai’, he said.
Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali felt that ‘Alai Balai’ was a good example of “Ganga-Jamuna tehzeeb” in Telangana State. Terming Dattatreya as a secular leader, he stated that the Union Minister was the sole voice of Telangana State in NDA government.
Leader of Opposition in Telangana State Legislature K Jana Reddy recalled how ‘Alai Balai’ event helped in Telangana statehood demand gaining momentum. He hoped that the same spirit would prevail in future also to attain the goal of “Bangaru Telangana.”
Finance Minister Eatala Rajender wanted ‘Alai Balai’ programme to continue in for several more years to come.
The Telangana JAC chairman Prof Kodandaram hoped that politicians would continue to work with same commitment, as was evident in Telangana movement, in the development of the new State.
Noted poet and singer Goreti Venkanna and TRS MLA Rasmayi Balkishen entertained the audience with their songs.
A typical ambience of the rural area in Telangana was created for this event. Cultural artists from Telangana presented their unique art forms. On the other hand, guests and a big number of people who attended the event were served with exquisite and unique culinary dishes of Telangana region. Dattatreya has been holding this ‘Alai Balai’ fete (the next day after Vijayadashmi festival) regularly since 2005.