ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress bus yatra futile, says BJP

HYDERABAD Oct. 26. The BJP has called the proposed bus yatra of the Congress from Rajahmundry a show of exhibitionism.

If the yatra is intended to show to the world that there were no differences between Congress leaders, then it was bad. The differences could as well be settled in Gandhi Bhavan, the Congress headquarters, and be done with. Where is the need for the yatra except going to people and telling them that they are all one, the BJP official spokesmen, S.V. Sesghagiri Rao and K. Laxman, told newsmen here on Sunday.

They said every party had the problem of internal differences but the Congress is trying to make political capital out of it. They said the Congress lacks clarity in undertaking the yatra as the party should first announce its Chief Ministerial candidate, which is as important as its election manifesto, to allow people form an opinion. They were sure that half of the leaders would disembark from the bus if the candidate's name is announced. They dared the Congress to announce that a Sonia Gandhi rule was in the offing instead of taking the name of Indira Gandhi. Mr. Laxman said the BJP's Assembly segment wise Jana Chaitanya conventions to sensitise people on water and land issues and mount pressure on the State Government to solve them would be conducted from November 15 to December 13. They will be held in eight to nine segments every day with Union Ministers and other important leaders participating. The State BJP president, N. Indrasena Reddy, and Union Minister of State, B. Dattatreya, will launch the programme in Mudhole Assembly constituency of Adilabad and Kalwakurthy of Mahabubnagar districts, respectively.

He recalled how the earlier movements of the BJP for exploitation of Godavari waters and land to the tiller had paid off and expressed confidence that the latest programme would also give good results.

Mr. Laxman also said that the State-level meeting of party convenors for all Assembly segments to plan for the Jana Chaitanya Sadassus will be held here on October 29. The meeting would also discuss their responsibilities and preparations for future conventions planned for new voters and `chunav sahayaks' at the Assembly constituency level.

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