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Naidu wants ordinance repealed; asks Congress to apologise to people

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TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu addressing a media conference in Hyderabad on Saturday.—Photo: Mohammed Yousuf
TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu addressing a media conference in Hyderabad on Saturday.—Photo: Mohammed Yousuf

TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu has demanded that the controversial ordinance on convicted legislators be withdrawn and Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh tender a public apology.

At a press conference here on Saturday, the TDP leader singled out Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and asked why he had not spoken for or against it all these days and the tipping point that made him denounce the ordinance. This was yet another drama by a party, he charged.

Mr. Naidu said that there had been no instance of the Congress government ever acting against corruption. Every scam unearthed and any action thereafter was because the Court reacting to one media expose after the other – be it the 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games, Coalgate or the mining scam. “And all this while, did Mr. Gandhi ever say anything,” he asked, recalling that a whopping Rs. 15 lakh crore were involved in corruption.

Closer home, he said, it was all about political leaders and parties wanting only ‘votes and seats’ and surely not a solution to the problem of Telangana and whether the State should be bifurcated or not. “Leaders such as Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and K. Chandrasekhar Rao are arrows aimed at us by the Congress and we are confident that we have the arrow of ‘Rama’ to counter them. Now the Chief Minister is yet another arrow,” he said, leading to burst of laughter.

“All these 60 days, Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy did not know there that was a strike in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions and it appears as if he woke up to the reality only yesterday,” Mr. Naidu said, lashing out at his press conference of Friday.


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