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Naidu dubs Congress-TRS alliance unethical

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KUPPAM, FEB. 16. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, came down heavily on the Congress, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and People's War naxalites for their `unethical' alliance to defeat the TDP in the coming elections.

The TDP supremo kicked off the election campaign from his constituency during his first-ever visit to Kuppam after the abortive bid on his life at Tirupati. At a well-attended meeting of party leaders and workers, Mr. Naidu asked them to teach the Congress a fitting lesson for trying to cobble up an alliance with the separatist TRS, with the covert support of the outlawed naxal outfit.

The Congress, finding its base eroding at a fast pace in the State, was desperately seeking to join hands with anyone and everyone, leaving its time-tested ideology to wind, he charged.

Recalling that the Congress was yet to make its stand clear on the separate Telangana issue, he noted that the proposed truck with TRS made it more than clear that it was in favour of a further division of the State. "The party is trying to split the Telugu-speaking brethern of the State, which was achieved after a great sacrifice by Potti Sriramulu."

Observing that the national party and the regional party were `poles apart' on every count, he said there was no tangible plank for the two to come on a single platform other than "opportunism."

The two Communist parties, which had long adhered to the stand of a unified Andhra (Visalandhra), were now too willing to push ethics to backseat for the sake of a couple of seats.

Taking exception to the naxalites expressing "support in disguise" to the two parties, Mr. Naidu said that it would not deter a TDP activist from working for his party's victory, which was followed by a thunderous applause of approval from the crowd. He charged the naxals with waging a futile battle with the Government, ending up in killing common people. "My resolve to serve the public increased manifold after the Alipiri attack", he said. "What is the sin on our part? Why are they targeting us (TDP workers)?" he sought to know. He exuded confidence that the TDP would register a resounding victory, notwithstanding the threat posed by the naxals to its leaders and the Congress-TRS truck.

He also had a word of caution on the recent trend of holding caste and religion-based meetings to mobilise crowd and garner support on these lines.

Referring to the `free power' sop, the TDP chief said that it was impossible to provide anything free of cost on a long term, daring the Congress to implement the same in the States ruled by it.

Referring to the spate of public meetings organised by the district Congress in Kuppam, Mr. Naidu said that it was a face-saving attempt to save their skin from the wrath of the high command and to show that the party was still alive here. Mr,. Naidu charged that the `huge turnout' as claimed by the party was a myth, as the crowd was `mobilised' from other segments.

Later. Mr. Naidu addressed a public meeting, where the huge gathering impressed him.

Ministers-- B. Gopalakrishna Reddy (employment generation) and T. Srinivas Yadav (Tourism), ex-MPs-- N. Ramakrishna Reddy, G. Ramaiah, Durga Ramakrishna and Vanga Geetha, district party president, G. Ramesh Chandraprasad, secretary, G. srinivasulu, the TTD Board chairman, D.K. Audikesavulu, were among the participants.

Tight security for Naidu

TIRUPATI: A tight security blanket was thrown around Mr. Naidu, during his 5-hour hurricane tour in his Kuppam constituency.

The visit coming as it does in the midst of a stepped-up offensive by the PW naxalites, gave the security sleuths anxious moments throughout his five- hour tight schedule in the constituency. In fact the intensive combing of the thickets around the constituency which began last weekend was continuing even as the Chief Minister was flying across the constituency.

A posse of about 2,700 policemen of all cadres were deployed spread over the segment for Mr. Naidu's visit and with the massing up of the forces the sensitive constituency turned into an impregnable fortress.

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