Staff Reporter

Makes light of corruption charges levelled by TDP-led grand alliance

KOTHAGUDEM: AICC president Sonia Gandhi put up a spirited defence of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy here on Friday against the serious charges of corruption levelled against him by the Telugu Desam-led grand alliance comprising the TRS and the Left parties.

Addressing a mammoth rally, comprising mostly of tribals and women, Ms. Gandhi said the parties that were making a hue and cry in the media over their allegations had no face to go to the people and venture to criticise the programmes being implemented by the Rajasekhara Reddy Government.

Enthusiastic response

The rally in this coal town, considered to be the bastion of the Communist parties, virtually marked the launch of the Congress party’s campaign.

She drew enthusiastic response from the people when she appealed to them in Telugu to vote for the Congress.

The AICC president said that the welfare measures introduced by the Congress government in the State had made their mark and people, who were reaping their benefits, constituted a strong support base for the party.

Commitments fulfilled

Asserting that the Congress Government had fulfilled all the commitments it made to them, she urged them to reaffirm their faith in the party once again.

AICC general secretary and AP affairs in-charge M. Veerappa Moily, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, APCC president D. Srinivas, Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development Renuka Chowdhury, Vaidya Vidhana Parishad Minister and DCC president V. Venkateswara Rao and Health Minister Sambhani Chandrasekhar were among those present.