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Talking to reporters here, he said while the BJP as an ally of the TDP welcomed the advancement of elections as it reflected its confidence in the electorate, the Congress, which had all along demanded dissolution of the Assembly as during the agitation against hike in power tariff, was now criticising the step. This was "double-speak,'' he said.
He also wondered if the Congress was really a national party since it was seeking "opportunistic'' poll pacts with all political parties -- the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the Communists, the Majlis and others --with the sole aim of "grabbing'' the power which it had lost about a decade ago.
"As a national party why should the Congress crave for poll pacts?'' he asked.
Similarly, the CPI(M) which had accused the P.V. Narasimha Rao Government of rolling out the red carpet to the World Bank and multinationals, and of being corrupt to the core, was exploring electoral alliance with the Congress. A national political party should have a clear outlook and policy, he pointed out.
Mr. Kishen Reddy claimed that the Congress had lost the first round of the battle with the TRS leader, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, giving it a piece of his mind and exposing its "opportunistic stand.'' On the allegation of the former CLP leader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, that the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, had requested the Governor to allow him to continue as caretaker CM even before dissolving the Assembly, he expressed shock as to how a senior politician who had served as a Minister, MP and CLP leader could make such comments. "Even a college student knows that the Governor is empowered to do so under Article 174/2/3.''
On the fake stamp racket, the BJP leader alleged that the Congress Governments in Maharashtra and Karnataka were not allowing the CBI to probe it as a former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and many Congress leaders in both States and the Congress high command in Delhi had received funds from the culprits.
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