ANDHRA PRADESH

CM non-committal on Assembly dissolution

VISAKHAPATNAM NOV. 6. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, skirted questions on the much-speculated dissolution of the State Assembly for a snap poll.

"You will be the first to be informed about it as and when we take a decision,'' he said in reply to a question about "some confusion'' on the date of the decision, November 8 or 10. When mediapersons enquired about his health, Mr. Naidu asked "How are you.'' When a scribe said that he was worried about the forthcoming midterm poll, the Chief Minister said "Why worry? As mediapersons you must actually be happy about the election.''

Was he going to give such glad tidings, another asked, to which Mr. Naidu responded with a mere smile. About his state of health, he said "Though the collar bone fracture has healed, I am experiencing a minor pain because of some nerve problem. I have been advised to undergo physio-therapy.'' Throughout the press conference, he was performing such an exercise with his left fingers.

`No talks with naxals'

There would be no negotiations with the People's War extremists, as long as they do not lay down arms, the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, told reporters here on Thursday. "Naxalites have no faith in democracy and openly declare that they would capture power with rifles.

This is a challenge to democracy. On the contrary, we do not believe in violence and are ready to talk to them provided they shun violence,'' he said.

Pointing out that nowhere in the world had extremism succeeded and that even staunch Leftist countries like Russia and China were on the fast track of implementing economic reforms, Mr. Naidu wanted a statewide debate on the problem of extremism.