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NTR still relevant in politics: Purandeswari

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‘Implementation of the subsidised rice scheme is an example'

e-learning:A student operates a computer even as Daggubati Purandeswari, Union Minister of State for HRD looks on at BV Raju Knowledge Centre at Kumudavalli near Bhimavaram in West godavari district on Thursday.—Photo: A.V.G. Prasad
e-learning:A student operates a computer even as Daggubati Purandeswari, Union Minister of State for HRD looks on at BV Raju Knowledge Centre at Kumudavalli near Bhimavaram in West godavari district on Thursday.—Photo: A.V.G. Prasad

Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Daggubati Purandeswari on Thursday said her father and TDP founder was still relevant in the present day politics. Ms. Purandeswari, who was here to participate in the International Women's Day at Sri Vishnu Engineering College for Women, said implementation of the subsidised rice scheme and housing for the poor, conceived by her father when he was Chief Minister, by successive governments was an indication for his relevance in the present-day politics.

In reply to a question, she claimed to be following the legacy left by N.T. Rama Rao in politics. In an oblique reference to TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu, she observed,

“Those imitating NTR can never be his heir apparent in politics. But those who follow his ideals in letter and spirit only could become his followers,” she quipped.

Asked whether she was ready to lead her party in the State, she said she would definitely play a role in the State politics if her party high command directed her to do so. She called for consensus in the coalition partners of the UPA-II over the passage of the women reservation bill pending in the Lok Sabha. Saying that a few parties were hindering the process by advancing the quota within the quota for women in the Legislative bodies, she exuded confidence that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party president Sonia Gandhi would overcome all the hurdles.

Ms. Purandeswari cheered the girl students by displaying her flair for chaste Telugu and Sanskrit verses like her father. K.V. Vishnu Raju, chairman of Sri Vishnu Educational Society, offered a contribution of Rs 10 lakh for the Abhilasha programme under implementation by the West Godavari district administration for uplifting of the downtrodden sections.

‘No impact'

Ms. Purandeswari said there would not be any impact of the poll verdict of the five States in the elections going to be held in Andhra Pradesh. She was here to participate in ‘Tech Dina Din' a cultural festival being organised by the Sri Prakash Engineering College.

Speaking to the media, she said the Congress party's high command would review the poll verdict and take appropriate decisions at the right time.

On women reservations, she said the reservation Bill was in pending only because of lack of coordination among all political parties. She said that unless all the parties take a unison decision, it was not possible to move the Bill.


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