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Captive audience: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy addressing an election meeting at Addagutta junction on Sunday.
Captive audience: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy addressing an election meeting at Addagutta junction on Sunday.

Says its only evil intention is to defeat Congress

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Sunday ridiculed the Grand Alliance parties for failing to sew up their seat-sharing arrangement. “For the last few days they have been fighting among themselves to decide on the seats which each party wants to contest,” he pointed out at an election campaign meeting at Addagutta crossroads of Secunderabad constituency.

The single point agenda of coming together of the Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Rastra Samiti (TRS), CPI and CPI (M) to form the Grand Alliance was to defeat the Congress party. “It’s a Maya Kutami. They have been unable to decide on a common agenda and their evil intention is only to defeat the Congress government which stood by the poor. They have no moral right to seek votes,” he said amid cheers.

Naidu criticised

He wondered why the TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu could not come up with a “single welfare scheme” during his nine-year rule to provide succour to people.

“Why are they trying to stop a scheme like Rajiv Arogyasri ,” he asked. The Chief Minister did not fail to mention that N.T. Rama Rao had initiated the subsidised rice scheme from Addagutta and this was later discontinued by Mr. Naidu.

For the second time, as many days in the twin cities, Dr. Reddy toured the capital constituencies and addressed a series of roadside meetings in Patigadda of Sanatnagar constituency, Secunderabad Cantonment and Khairatabad. He introduced filmstar turned politician Jayasudha to the gathering and sought support for her and Anjan Kumar Yadav, party candidate for the Secunderabad Lok Sabha.

Woos minorities

Prior to that, Dr. Reddy received a tumultuous welcome at Bholakpur. The cheers got louder when he greeted them with a ‘Salam Alaikum’ and sported a fur cap. He listed out the steps taken by his government for minorities welfare like four per cent quota, scholarships and urged them to vote for the “only secular party – Congress”.

He called for supporting Musheerabad candidate T. Manemma again. Dr. Reddy’s cavalcade’s first halt was at Patigadda, part of the Sanatnagar constituency from where M. Sashidhar Reddy was contesting.

The latter lauded the Chief Minister for various welfare schemes taken up. Sensing that several government employees reside there, the Chief Minister pointed out that unlike the TDP, his government had released dearness allowances promptly and had also given 22 per cent interim relief.


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