Urges people to elect a large number of MPs of the party

TDP president N.Chandrababu Naidu promised women that he would redeem the gold pledged by them in the banks if he returned to power. Addressing a fairly good crowd here in Thallapalem mandal as part of his 203 day of ‘Vastunna Mee Kosam’ padayatra, he said that women were happy during his regime and enjoyed an economic status equal to men.

The former chief minister who started his yatra one hour behind schedule due to downpour thanked rain god for his exit as soon as he resumed his padayatra at Ugginapalem. Mr Naidu greeted all the passersby and even posed for photographs sitting on a tractor driver’s seat. He also held a baby in his hand and gestured with a kiss. He also posed questions to women on what he called wicked rule of Kiran government and answered them himself taking their affirmation for granted.

He said that he would waive loans of SHG women and return even the interest amount paid by them to the banks. If good number of TDP MPs are elected he would see that all 12 gas cylinders are subsidised and will do away with regulation of supply.

Mr Naidu had a dig at Chief Minister N.Kiran Kumar Reddy for landing village economy in doldrums and the State economy in shambles by imposing power cuts badly affecting agricultural operations and rural industries. He described Kiran as a wicked ruler insensitive to the problems of the poor. The quality of life had badly declined in the current Congress dispensation, the TDP chief alleged.

He tried to drive home the point that police will not visit good people but only bad people’s homes and the CBI questions people with dubious moral records in an obvious reference to Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy. He maintained that YSR looted the State and gave the wealth to his son.

On the SC/ST Sub-Plan, Mr Naidu found fault with the Kiran Kumar government for diverting funds to the tune of Rs 22,500 crore and trying to fool the people by doing it just before the election year. The poor people will not benefit by the cash transfer scheme as they cannot purchase rice at market price with the money credited to their accounts, he added.

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Mr Naidu who observed an array of youth clicking photographs of his yatra commented that but for the TDP cellular phones would have hit the State market very late. Scoffing at the precarious power position in the State due to the faulty policies of the Congress government, he said that he handed over the State to the Congress in a power surplus position and with a surplus State budget but the successive Congress governments in the State had wrecked the economy.

Mr Naidu, who spoke to party leaders of Visakha South and West Assembly constituency, asked them to highlight the corrupt deeds and deals of jailed YSRC president Y.S.Jaganmohan Reddy to the common man in the language they can understand and added that mere mention of corruption will not cut ice with rural folk, he added.

One die-hard supporter of Naidu named Balaraju hailing from Mahaboobnagar vowed to dispense with his black attire only on the day when the TDP chief would return to power. Riding a yellow colour motorcycle, Balaraju had been following Naidu from Hindupur when he first started his ‘Vastunna Mee Kosam’ padayatra. He started his black attire deeksha On May 28, 2007 and promised to continue with it until he saw Naidu as chief minister.

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