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Raghuveera: Naidu ditched minorities

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PCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy with Congress candidate Malladi Vishnu in Vijayawada on Tuesday.
PCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy with Congress candidate Malladi Vishnu in Vijayawada on Tuesday.

Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president N. Raghuveera Reddy on Tuesday slammed TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu for ditching the minorities and weaker sections by aligning with the BJP.

“While Telugu Desam leader N. Chandrababu Naidu has stabbed the minorities and people from the weaker sections directly by going for tie-up with the Bharatiya Janata Party, YSRC chief Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy planned to ‘stab them from behind’ by aligning with the BJP after elections,” alleged PCC president N. Raghuveera Reddy .

Addressing Congress workers here on Tuesday, Mr. Reddy said both the Telugu Desam and the YSRC had offered tickets only to candidates who were crorepatis, while most Congress candidates were either from the middle class or poorer sections.

He said just 10 per cent of candidates to whom the Congress issued tickets were rich, but the TDP and the YSRC had turned their parties into corporate institutions, and they planned to do the same with the State.

Mr. Reddy said the people of Seemandhra should hope that a national party like the Congress should be elected in both Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh. If a regional party is elected in either of the States, it will become a serious obstacle to progress, because there were so many sensitive issues like water, jobs and the issue of common capital. Only a national party can resolve such problems, he said.

Schedule 9

Mr. Reddy said the Congress high command had already decided to amend Schedule 9 to raise reservation in government jobs to 60 per cent as in Tamil Nadu in residual Andhra Pradesh to address the concerns of minorities. The Congress will also ensure that private organisations also have reservation in jobs. He said there would be a drastic change in the political scenario in the State in the next 10 days, and that Congress would be elected to power.

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