ANDHRA PRADESH

TD urges people to `teach Cong. a lesson'

HYDERABAD Nov. 13. Delegates who spoke on the political resolution adopted at the general body meeting of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) here on Thursday blamed the "retrograde" steps of the Opposition, particularly Congress, and the violence unleashed by naxalites for pushing the State into elections.

Speaker after speaker dwelt at length on the twin issues and appealed to the people to teach the Congress and the naxalites a fitting lesson.

The Home Minister and party's Politburo member, T. Devender Gowd, who moved the resolution, accused the Congress of putting obstacles in the way of Government programmes. He said the party was power-hungry and had tried to cobble up whatever alliance with other parties to come to power.

In a scathing criticism of the naxalites, he said they could have come to power long ago if their ideology was acceptable to the public. He said they had stuck to an outdated ideology.

The Telugu Desam Parliamentary Party leader, K. Yerran Naidu, said divisive forces were trying to make capital out of the present political situation in the State. It was difficult for the Congress to come unscathed in the polls.

The TDPP leader termed the attempt on the life of the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, by naxalites a direct attack on development. Such attacks could not put an end to political leadership. New leaders would be born, he added.

The APSRTC chairperson, B. Sobha Nagi Reddy, said the polls were the only solution in the State as achievement of development was difficult with such diverse forces acting. The decision to go to polls owed a lot to the confusion created by the Congress and the atmosphere of terror created by naxalites.

The Rajya Sabha member, Lal Jan Basha, said the Congress government of Indira Gandhi had enjoyed power by an additional year after imposing emergency but here was Mr. Naidu who cut short his term by 10 months in the interest of the State.

The Panchayati Raj Minister, N. Janardhan Reddy, said the period given up by Mr. Naidu was equal to the term served by Congress Chief Ministers at a time, since most of them barely lasted a year or so.

The Major Irrigation Minister, K. Srihari, said the Congress was trying to forge alliances with other parties only because it was not in a position to win elections if they were advanced. He said Mr. Naidu was neither a class enemy nor political enemy of the naxalites that they had to attack him.

The leader of the TDP in Rajya Sabha, C. Ramachandraiah, said this was the first time in the history of a democracy that a state was seeking early elections for the purpose of development. The British Prime Ministers, Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair, had also advanced polls in the country but it was for political reasons.

The Tanuku municipal chairperson, M. Renuka, said "mindless criticism" by the Opposition had hampered progress in the State.