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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Battle of Sindhustan

Whose Sindhu is she anyway? The tale of one-upmanship between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana continued on Tuesday with Chandrababu Naidu declaring Pusarla Venkata Sindhu as “Andhra Pradesh's muddu bidda (beloved daughter)“ and granting 15 acres of land to her mentor Pullela Gopichand in Amaravati to set up a world class badminton academy . “We shall make Amaravati the ultimate destination for sports in India and bring the Olympics here,“ thundered Naidu at the civic reception the AP government hosted for the ace shuttler and her coach at IGMC stadium in Vijayawada.

Naidu made the event memorable by playing badminton for a few minutes with Sindhu on stage at the IGMC Stadium. Claiming that Sindhu was AP's `aanimutyam' (jewel in AP's crown) he urged the shuttler to help deve lop a sporting culture in Andhra Pradesh, Naidu said she was an inspiration to girls and women in the country after her Rio show. Gopichand's academy in Hyderabad stands on 5 acre of land which too was a largesse from Naidu when he was chief minister of united AP.

Soon after Sindhu won the silver, Naidu quickly hurrying out of cabinet meeting on August 20, announced a Rs 3 crore cash reward for her along with a 1,000 square yard residential plot in AP's upcoming capital Amaravati. He also offered her Group I officer's post of special grade deputy collector in the AP government. On Tuesday an appointment order was kept re ady for her, but Sindhu declined the offer. Telangana government biggies who had tweeted that a Rs 1 crore cash reward would be given to Sindhu upped the offer to Rs 5 crore soon after Naidu declared his intent to give Rs 3 crore.

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