CPI (M) Polit Bureau member B.V. Raghavulu has come down heavily on parties responsible for dividing the State masquerading in the name of development in the elections.

Addressing a public meeting at the Collector’s Office on Wednesday after party nominee for Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha constituency Ch. Narsinga Rao filed nomination, he likened the attitude of such parties to picking coal after burning the house.

He said for 10 years Congress’ misrule had taken the country and the State to the brink. Now TDP had teamed up with BJP to rejuvenate that party so as to capture power at the Centre and in Andhra Pradesh.

CPI(M) is the only party that stood for an integrated State and did not deviate from its stand, Mr. Raghavulu told the gathering.

The State would develop if it remained united, he said criticising BJP for promising funds, TDP for stating that it would turn it into Singapore, Congress for claiming credit for giving a package and YSRC for stating it would be turned into Washington.

The parties which had made money by looting mines and land would mortgage the interests of the State if voted to power, he cautioned people.

Criticising leaders like Ganta Srinivasa Rao for changing loyalties often, he said leaders have kept masks of various parties ready and were wearing them in an opportunistic manner. People were confused about which leader was in which party.

YSRC was also toeing a communal line stating that it would maintain good relations with BJP, Mr. Raghavulu added.

Mr. Narsinga Rao said BJP and TDP joined hands to divide the State and to bring new pension bill. Insurance and banking sectors came under attack because of allowing foreign direct investment.

Party nominees R.K.S.V. Kumar, Venkat Reddy, Botta Eswaramma, Bhagyalakshmi and S Ramesh were present. Party city secretary B Ganga Rao presided.

Earlier, a motorcycle and auto rally was organised from Arilova to Jagadamba Junction via Hanumanthavaka and Maddilapalem. From there party workers came on foot singing songs, beating drums and carrying party flags.

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