Andhra Pradesh

‘KCR agenda: votes, notes, seats'

Women carrying Bonalu greet TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu during his campaign at Machareddi of Nizamabad district on Sunday. Photo: K.V. Ramana

Women carrying Bonalu greet TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu during his campaign at Machareddi of Nizamabad district on Sunday. Photo: K.V. Ramana  

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Naidu criticises TRS chief for triggering elections

Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu has criticised his TRS counterpart K. Chandrasekhar Rao for running politics with the sole aim to win “votes, notes and seats” and lacking conviction to achieve Statehood for Telangana.

He told election rallies in this village and adjoining Domakonda on Sunday as part of the campaign for TDP candidate in Kamareddy Assembly constituency that Mr. Rao was scared of raising the issue of separate Telangana with Congress president Sonia Gandhi out of greed for money. Mr. Rao kept the cycle of “elections-money-elections” moving with the support of his son, daughter and a nephew who have all been given important positions.

Complaint to EC

The convoy of Mr. Naidu was alleged to have been attacked with stones by TRS cadre after he concluded meetings in these villages and entered Fareedpet in Machareddy mandal. The TDP lodged a complaint about the incident with the Chief Electoral Officer at Hyderabad later. It accused the police of failure to take preventive steps.

At both Bhiknoor and Domakonda, Mr. Naidu trained his guns on TRS and asked the Central government to clear the uncertainty on Telangana by conceding Statehood.

Match-fixing alleged

He accused Mr. Rao of resorting to match fixing with YSR Congress president Jagan only for pecuniary interests. He targeted the Congress for failure to address the problems of common public like price rise, power tariff hike and liquor menace. The sale of liquor at MRP, of late, was the victory of TDP, he added. Mr. Naidu promised unemployment allowance of Rs. 1,000 per month to youth when TDP returns to power. He said regional parties as TDP had a bright future as seen from elections in Uttar Pradesh and it would uphold secular principles. The TDP president was welcomed by a large number of Bonalu carrying women in the villages. They also played ‘batukamma' on Bhiknoor highway. Mr. Naidu travelled in an open-top jeep flanked by party candidate and ex-TDP MLA Yousuf Ali who recently rejoined the party after switching to TRS. The party supporters danced to drumbeat all the way.

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