17 years ago, Chandrababu Naidu, then CM of Andhra Pradesh in which Hyderabad is located made a PowerPoint presentation to convince Bill Gates to open one of Microsoft’s biggest software development centres in Hyderabad. Indian government has now partitioned Andhra Pradesh into two states called Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad will become part of the state called Telengana in the coming years.
Chandrababu Naidu has again become the CM of Andhra Pradesh and he is inviting current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to start a similar Microsoft development center in his new state and promising all the help he needs. He has chosen Anantapur to be the main technology centre because of the availability of land and infrastructure as well as its proximity to Bangalore. And Anantpur is also the home town of Staya Nadella.
Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has also invited Satya Nadella for a meeting to discuss the possibility of expanding IT industry in Hyderabad. Before that, Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik is also having a meeting with Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao this week.
When Satya was made CEO of Microsoft, the then IT Minister of AP Ponnala Laxmaiah extended an official invitation to him to visit the State.
Laxmaiah wrote a letter to him in February. But, the CEO could not visit the city. The government too could not make further attempts due to elections and political uncertainty.
Recently, AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu too extended an invitation to Satya Nadella to visit AP. It is learnt that Naidu had extended invitation to Satya for his swearing-in ceremony as AP Chief Minister. But, Satya could not visit due to other engagements.
It would be interesting to see Satya’s plans when he visits both these neighboring states in August during his visit to India. Who will win the investments from Microsoft? Telengana or AP?