The Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday admitted that Muslims had lost faith in the party after the Godhra carnage in Gujarat.

Speaking on a resolution on welfare at Mahanadu, he said that although the TDP was the first to demand sacking of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, the community did not reconcile even after repeated efforts to explain them about the party's stand. He made it clear that the party would not have truck with any communal party in future.

He called upon the party activists to explain to the Muslims that it was during the TDP regime their welfare and development was taken care of better than any other government not only in Andhra Pradesh but elsewhere in the country. Party leader Lal Jan Basha said development of Muslims was better during TDP regime in the State than in Jammu & Kashmir where successive Chief Ministers are from that community.

On the welfare of Backward Classes, Mr. Naidu demanded a separate ministry for BC welfare at the Centre, allocation of funds in proportion to their population, 50 per cent reservation in local bodies and one-third in Assemblies and Parliament.

Earlier, in an attempt to pump up confidence into his party leaders and activists, Mr. Naidu said that neither the Congress, nor YSR Congress Party nor Telangana Rashtra Samithi would stand the TDP's might of popular support. He alleged that the Congress and YSR Congress are steeped in corruption while the TRS is busy with its ‘collections' and is directionless.

‘Rahul should visit A.P. '

Mr. Naidu on Saturday wanted AICC general secretary and MP, Rahul Gandhi, to visit the state and see for himself scores of irregularities in land acquisition and allotment for industries and other projects.

Speaking on a resolution on “pillaging of land” in the State in the name of Special Economic Zones and other projects, he said Mr. Gandhi should not confine himself to one or two Opposition- ruled States like Uttar Pradesh but come to Congress-ruled Andhra Pradesh where land related excesses are the maximum, he said.

Earlier, rich tributes were paid to the party founder N. T. Rama Rao on the occasion of his 88{+t}{+h}birth anniversary. NTR awards were presented to film and theatre personalities Aswini Dutt, Deekshitulu, T. Chalapathi Rao and Bhushan.

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