ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress leaders flay TDP policies

SRIKAKULAM Nov. 10. The policies followed by the Central and State Governments have resulted in economic slowdown, low production and massive unemployment in urban and rural areas, the AP Congress Committee general secretary and Narsannapeta MLA, Dharmana Prasada Rao, has said.

Speaking at a meeting organised to mark the taking charge of the new Srikakulam Town Congress executive here today, he said a clear-cut, growth-oriented, long-term goal was not pursued even by the Central Government. The discontent against the incumbent Governments had been indicated by the Congress' winning many of the elections since the NDA came to power, he said.

Commenting on the TDP rule, he said even in irrigated areas, rural youth were migrating to urban areas leading to further rise in unemployment in the urban areas. The Chandrababu Naidu Government had failed to take up any major project though it had borrowed Rs. 52,000 crores from external sources and taxed people heavily. Around 1.5 lakh jobs were yet to be filled by the Government, he alleged. The town president, S. Rajasekhar, and working president, D. S. K. Prasad, and other executive members were administered the oath of office.

Mr. Prasada Rao warned partymen not to damage the image of the party and warned of stringent action those found working against the party interests. Right from 1962 the party had not won the Srikakulam Assembly seat and a well-planned strategy was being adopted to strengthen the party. A section of partymen were conspicuous by their absence at the meeting.

On his contesting from Srikakulam, Mr. Prasada Rao said the party had been losing by a margin of 12,000 votes. His contesting would depend upon the party decision but the priority would be to strengthen the party in the district. As a step in this direction, meetings would be held in December and the first one would be at Gedelavaniepta. In the Veeraghattam election held on Saturday the party had been able to deploy young workers and effectively counter the tactics of the TDP.

The DCC president, P. Rajasekharam, said the `anti-people' policies of the TDP Government should be countered right from the ward-level.

The DCC general secretaries, D. Krishnadas, R. Sitarama Swamy, District Youth Congress president, K. Muralimohan, Legal Cell Chairman, A. Muralimohana Rao, and Opposition leader in the municipality, M. V. Padmavati, also spoke.

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