ANDHRA PRADESH

'Personal attacks' pain Naidu

Hyderabad Sept. 26. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, struck a personal note and turned philosophical while giving reply to the stamp papers scam in the Assembly today.

He regretted that Congress-baiting against him was such that one of them -- K. R. Suresh Reddy -- did not mind stooping down to the level of suggesting that his wife Bhuvaneshwari take over from him. "Is it decency and culture?" he asked. He said he was a simple man coming from an ordinary family, as in the case of many Telugu Desam leaders today, that he, instead of earning riches for his family members, including his son, had asked them not to do anything which would damage his reputation. Interference from them was least expected.

Mr. Naidu repeatedly quoted Mahatma Gandhi such as "the country is rich enough to satisfy everybody's need but not greed" and "my message is my life" and said, he was trying to be exemplary in public life shunning even dinners at private parties to avoid kingpins like Telgi who would be too eager to establish links with the Government and bureaucracy, and felicitations, garlands or "thulabharams.''

He chose only simple dress and carried his own food wherever he went — two idlis for beakfast, curd rice or fruits as lunch.

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