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Naidu asks partymen to get ready for panchayat polls

By G. Narasimha Rao

VISAKHAPATNAM, MAY 29. The Telugu Desam president, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, gave a call to his partymen on Tuesday to get ready for panchayat elections. ``People are with us and we must win,'' he said winding up the party's three-day Mahanadu here.

The TDP was always ready to hold elections but the Congress, which earlier promised support to the party (on changing the format of elections) ditched it in Parliament, he alleged.

Summing up the Mahanadu deliberations, the TDP supremo declared that the Mahanadu was a success and highlighted the party's achievements.

``The Visakhapatnam Declaration adopted during the Mahanadu would be remembered forever if partymen worked sincerely on its five aspects: Neeru-Meeru, family planning, literacy, tree-planting and eradication of poverty. If we work unitedly on these aspects 70 per cent of the people's problems would be solved and Visakhapatnam will be remembered forever. Let the late N.T. Rama Rao shower his blessings on us,'' Mr. Naidu said.

He taunted the Congress for being ``jealous of the support the TDP is enjoying with people'' and said that party was adopting a destructive type of politics by arousing the sentiments of people. However, people were with the TDP as it was committed to the development of backward areas and would spend more on them, whereas the Congress had never helped the backward areas.

He also called upon his party workers, particularly women, to take it as a challenge and make the ensuing Mahila Janmabhoomi a success.

During his valedictory speech and also when the resolution on the law and order and development of the State was discussed, Mr. Naidu said that a more liberal policy would be adopted in the matter of compensation being given to the victims of extremism. A Cabinet sub-committee would review the matter in two or three days. Apart from the Government, the party would come to the aid of the victims.

On weavers' problems, a Cabinet committee would review the situation every two months.

On the Mahanadu, the TDP chief found a new measure of enthusiasm among the party cadre. All issues were covered and discussions were fruitful. In addition to the 44 resolutions made by the central committee of the party, 121 resolutions were sent by district units. All were reviewed and adopted.

Mr. Naidu said he would open a cell in his peshi, if necessary, to pursue the issues raised here and solve as many as possible. Some might have technical and funding constraints.

As many as 25 hours were devoted to discussions and 90 delegates participated in the discussions on the 44 main topics on the agenda. Though two or three were given a chance at random to speak on the topics, it was apparent that 75 per cent of the delegates came well prepared to participate in discussions. The attendance was good as out of 5,721 party delegates, 4,980 came.

Mr. Naidu, who was re-elected party president on Monday, said that appointing office-bearers and forming the party politburo could not be completed in spite of a long exercise. The office- bearers would be announced and sworn in on Thursday in Hyderabad, he said.

Earlier, Mr. Sukhender Reddy and Mr. Yousaf Ali moved resolutions on the topics of law and order and development of the State and communal harmony-secularism respectively. But due to time constraint, Mr. Naidu did not speak much on these two topics and asked the delegates to give their consent. Also the resolution on Vision 2020, the Chief Minister's favourite subject, was passed without any comment from him as soon as Mr. Chandramohan Reddy moved the resolution with a detailed report.

The local MPs and MLAs presented a memento to Mr. Chandrababu Naidu and expressed their readiness to host another Mahanadu.

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