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A VERY DIFFERENT RITUAL: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu is seen tied to the `Kappa stambham' at Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple atop Simhachalam in Visakhapatnam on Thursday on the occasion of his 56th birthday. - Photo: K.R. Deepak
A VERY DIFFERENT RITUAL: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu is seen tied to the `Kappa stambham' at Sri Varahalakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple atop Simhachalam in Visakhapatnam on Thursday on the occasion of his 56th birthday. - Photo: K.R. Deepak

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Party leaders, workers being targeted with police help: TDP president Party leaders being targeted with police help: TDP president

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Congress Government is harassing Telugu Desam leaders and workers and unleashing terror with help of the police, according to TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu.

At a press conference here on Thursday, he said: ``Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy is encouraging factionalism. No one believes that he is not involved in factionalism. He has private security and maintains a private army. The Chief Minister must realise that he cannot achieve anything through factionalism. He must come out of factionalism and control it,'' Mr. Naidu said.

The former Chief Minister refuted Dr. Reddy's charge that he was not cooperating in ending factionalism. "Am I a faction leader? When we were in power, we had dealt firmly with the menace and brought it under control,'' he said.

Many TDP men were being eliminated through the `Government-sponsored' murders, Mr. Naidu alleged. Income-tax raids were being conducted targeting TDP leaders, their properties acquired and physical attacks organised to mentally, physically and financially weaken them, he said.

Fishermen's demands

On the Gangavaram issue, he said the Government should resolve fishermen's demands by seeking the Election Commission's approval to waive the code of conduct in force for the Visakha-I byelection.

Mr. Naidu also brushed aside the BJP's observation that a third front being thought of by the TDP, the Samajwadi Party and others would not materialise.

He reiterated that it was not third front that was being thought of but an exercise to bring together all the anti-Congress and anti-BJP parties for the sake of farmers and downtrodden sections which had been ignored by the two parties.

BJP is `opportunistic'

Hyderabad Staff Reporter writes: Mr. Naidu termed the BJP `opportunistic' and said its leaders were only making statements keeping the panchayat elections in mind.

He was reacting to the words of BJP leader L.K. Advani when presspersons met him at the party headquarters on return from Visakhapatnam. On his current tour of the State the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha had said the BJP would support the demand for a separate Telangana State if it was introduced in Parliament.

"All the years we supported NDA, BJP leaders did not speak of a separate State. Now that they are talking we are convinced that it is only with the panchayat elections in mind", the TDP president said.


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