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Cong. reacts strongly to CM observation

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HYDERABAD Nov. 23. The Congress has reacted strongly to the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, blaming the party for colluding with naxalites to damage the life and property of TDP activists, particularly in Kalwakurthy area of Mahabubnagar where the supporter of a Congress Mandal Parishad President was arrested for possessing claymore mines.

The APCC spokesman, G. Muddukrishnama Naidu, and the former MLA, Y. Kishta Reddy, said in a statement that Mr. Naidu's remarks made at an interactive session with TDP workers on Saturday were `blatant lies' and accusations made with a fraudulent motive. They were made on the basis of what was narrated to him by a delegation led by former Kalwakurthy MLA of TDP, G. Jaipal Yadav. Mr. Naidu did not even take care to verify the facts from the district Superintendent of Police or the intelligence, they said.

They added that in fact the naxalites had blasted the house of Mr. Yadav as he had been sending threatening letters to Congress activists in their name before the last Assembly elections. This was confirmed by the local DSP at that time. Cases were also booked against the TDP mandal party president of Veldanda in the district, Bhupathi Reddy, and a former party sarpanch, Bala Miya, for demanding ransom over threatening letters.

Stating that Mr. Naidu is trying to generate sympathy to win votes from the attack on him by the naxalites, they asked him why he did not make such a hue and cry when former Minister, A. Madhava Reddy, and other leaders were killed by them. The Congress lost its top leaders, including Magunta Subbarami Reddy, D. Sripada Rao, T. Hayagrivachari and Ragya Naik, due to the mishandling of the naxalite problem by the TDP Government. In fact, the TDP founder president and former Chief Minister, N.T. Rama Rao, went to the extent of hailing the naxalites as `patriots'.

In a separate statement, former Congress MLAs, P. Shankar Rao, J. Krishna Rao and G. Gurunatha Reddy, rebutted the criticism of Congress Legislature Party leader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, by Panchayat Raj Minister, N. Janardhan Reddy.

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