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CONFIDENT LOT: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and TDPP leader K. Yerran Naidu in Hyderabad on Thursday.

CONFIDENT LOT: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and TDPP leader K. Yerran Naidu in Hyderabad on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTOS: M. SUBHASH

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Grand Alliance will win over 200 Assembly seats: TDP chief



‘Grand Alliance will win 30-odd Lok Sabha seats’

Positive response to cash transfer scheme: Naidu



HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam president, N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday claimed that the Grand Alliance would win 200-plus Assembly seats and forming the next Government.

As for Lok Sabha, it would win 30-odd seats and help Third Front to form the government at Centre. “It is going to be a clean sweep by the Grand Alliance,” Mr. Naidu told a media conference after conclusion of the final phase of polling.

In the first phase itself, the alliance was expecting 105 to 120 seats.

He said the TDP-led Grand Alliance got a positive response to its promise of cash transfer scheme.

People voted against the anti- people policies of the government, price rise, corruption and poor law and order.

Mr. Naidu said all sections of people especially women voted in favour of the alliance having got fed up with ‘demonic rule of five years’.

They will celebrate Deepavali on May 16, when results would be out.

Thanks partners

The vote in favour of the alliance partners, whom he kept thanking profusely, was despite the unprecedented use of money, liquor and muscle power in the elections by the ruling party, he said. But people reposed faith in democracy and rejected these inducements.

Mr. Naidu said Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy himself created a dangerous situation by stoking the fire of regionalism as he had done in the past when he led agitation for separate Rayalaseema agitation and made Telangana Congress MLAs present memorandum to the AICC president Sonia Gandhi.

Criticises YSR

He said Dr. Reddy used all sorts of unfair means to somehow influence the voters and cited the example of his Kuppam constituency. Here the Congress distributed Rs. 2,000, silver and gold ornaments and sent anti-social elements to browbeat voters but the latter stood their ground. “He thought he could do what he does in his Pulivendula,” he added while recalling the stinging comments of former special advisor to Election Commission K. J. Rao.

To a question, he said the candidature for the Prime Minister’s post would be decided after the election by evolving a consensus.

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