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NJR assails BJP, allies

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CUDDAPAH, FEB. 12. The former Chief Minister, N. Janardhana Reddy, on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the BJP and its allies for their `false charges' against the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, in the Bofors gun deal and demanded their apology to the Congress, particularly to the AICC president, Sonia Gandhi.

Addressing the Panchayat Raj and Nagarpalika sadassu here, he said the Delhi High Court gave a clean chit to Rajiv Gandhi, but he and the Congress were subjected to mental agony before and after his assassination for 16 years.

Ridiculing the `India shining' campaign, Mr. Janardhana Reddy charged the NDA with claiming credit for IT revolution, national power grid and connectivity of highways, which were the brainchild of former Prime Ministers Rajiv Gandhi and P.V. Narasimha Rao. The campaign with Rs. 1,350 crores was farcical as the Centre failed to satiate the hunger of the poor. The Agriculture Minister, Rajnath Singh's contention that the former Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, erred by getting constructed the Bhakra Nangal project, smacked of insanity, he alleged. While Nehru established the Food Corporation of India and Indira Gandhi nationalised banks, the NDA was trying to shelve them with the support of the State Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, who was hand in glove with it, he alleged.

When Karnataka built Almatti and other irrigation projects at a rapid pace without clearance, Mr. Naidu was disinclined to exert pressure on the Centre. Instead, he was blaming Ms. Sonia Gandhi for not taking up the issue, he alleged.

Irrigation projects such as Somasila, Nagarjunasagar and Pochampadu were serving farmers' needs, but no benefit accrued by soakpits and contour trenches, he said.

The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president, D. Srinivas, refuted the TDP charges that the Congress was making impracticable promises. The Congress would surely implement all its electoral promises and ensure social justice to all sections.

The Rajya Sabha member, Nandi Yellaiah, urged NDA leaders to apologise to the nation for its charges against Rajiv Gandhi.

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