ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress cannot provide stable Government, says CM

CUDDAPAH, APRIL 24. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, during his road show in Cuddapah town on Saturday launched a vituperative attack on the former Congress Legislature Party lLeader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

Addressing a gathering at Apsara Circle here, Mr. Naidu asserted that the Congress, which was unable to finalise a Chief Ministerial candidate, would not ensure a stable rule. The previous Congress regimes smacked of corruption and atrocities, but paid no attention to developmental issues, he alleged. The NDA rule achieved more development than during the 50-year Congress rule, he said. Mr. Naidu stated that in his 25-year political career, he had been the Chief Minister for nine years and would be re-elected for a third term.

In an obvious attack on Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy, he accused him of making empty promises, which the people would not believe. He deplored the ex-CLP leader's family rule wherein all the posts from the MP to the sarpanch were held by his family members. In contrast, Mr. Naidu maintained that he considered the people of the State as `his family'. The Congress won the Pulivendula Assembly constituency for long, but would lose badly this time, he prophesied. His Government ensured that communal disturbances did not occur, but the Congress rule would revive communal clashes and hence the Congress manifesto promised ex gratia and rehabilitation of victims of communal disharmony, the Chief Minister stated. The TDP manifesto promised three per cent reservation to the minorities, he observed. The previous Congress Government gave 26,000 jobs, but his Government gave 3.3 lakh jobs and provided self-employment to 18 lakh persons, he claimed.

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