ANDHRA PRADESH

It was anti-incumbency vote, says Congress

Hyderabad Dec. 4. Congress leaders here on Thursday described the outcome of the elections in the four northern States as a result of anti-incumbency factor. Even in Delhi, the vote was against the Centre which was responsible for the law and order, and hence the verdict in favour of the Congress Government, they added.

Talking separately to presspersons, the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president, D.Srinivas, leader of the opposition in the dissolved Assembly, Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy, and the Congress Forum for Telangana leaders, G.Chinna Reddy, A.Indrakaran Reddy, P.Goverdhan Reddy and K.Kesava Rao, said the verdict against the Congress party in three other States was because of the people's desire for a change.

They said the verdict should not be read as being against the Congress nor was in favour of the BJP, as it was essentially an outcome of the dissatisfaction of the voters with the existing Governments.

Complaint to EC

Dr.Rajasekhara Reddy complained to the Chief Electoral Officer about the non-availability of the draft voter lists. In a telephonic talk, Dr.Reddy told the Chief Electoral Officer, Narayana Rao, that the party leaders had not been supplied with the list in many districts despite the fact that November 27 was the deadline.

`Affirmation of faith'

Our Nellore Staff Reporter writes:

The BJP State general secretary, K. Balakondaih, has described the success of the party in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh as an affirmation of people's faith in the policies of the Prime Minister, A.B. Vajpayee.

In a statement issued here on Thursday, he said that the people had realised the impact of developmental works of the NDA Government and accordingly decided to fully support it. The party had also redeemed its pledges and assurances given to people, which drew them further closer to the party, he said.

The district party president, S. Suresh Reddy, and the general secretary, M. Radha Krishna, also hailed the party's victory. They expressed full confidence that the party would register victory in the coming Assembly elections in State.

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