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Naidu lashes out at Congress, TRS

WARANGAL, JUNE 16. The Chief Minister, Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu, launched the election campaign for the TDP for the coming panchayat polls here on Saturday and announced that the victory rally of the TDP at the end of the elections will also be held here.

Mr. Naidu asserted that the TDP will wrest the Zilla Parishads of all districts in the State and its candidates will win as ZPTC members and MPP presidents everywhere. He said this was the time to reply to the people who raised the bogey of separate Statehood for Telangana and he will go to the polls with the development seen in the region under the TDP rule so far. The Chief Minister was addressing a massive public meeting in which a majority of participants were women of DWCRA groups from all over the district. Mr. Naidu's meeting was arranged in the town to coincide with the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the lift irrigation scheme on Godavari at the interior Devadula in the district. The TDP leaders arranged 1,070 RTC buses, over 350 trucks and a number of other vehicles to shift the crowd for the meeting at Azam Jahi Mill grounds.

Mr. Naidu lashed out at the Congress and in an oblique reference to Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president, Mr. K. Chandrasekhara Rao, for kicking up regional and communal sentiments of the people for political ends. Reeling out statistics to show how the TDP Government had not ignored Telangana, Mr. Naidu gave details about the expenditure incurred on roads, education, irrigation and other infrastructure region- wise. He said the expenditure was almost 51 per cent of the total investment made for the development of the State in Telangana.

The Chief Minister said his objective was to make AP an ideal State and its capital one of the best cities in the country. ``I will use all my might for the development of Telangana which is now on the agenda of people who did not raise the issue when in power,'' he said referring to the TRS chief. He maintained that the backwardness of Telangana was historical and it was the doing of earlier regimes led by the Congress.