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CPI flays Naidu on weapons to people

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VISAKHAPATNAM, FEB. 22. The Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, who was contradicting himself in the matter of giving arms to people to protect themselves from naxal attacks, has no right to continue in power, the CPI State secretary, Suravaram Sudhakara Reddy, said here on Saturday.

Addressing the concluding show of the north Andhra Praja Chaitanya Prachara Jata at Gopalapatnam in the city, he recalled that Mr. Naidu, immediately after the killing of TDP leader, Kishen Reddy, by naxals had announced that he would provide people weapons. "But when there was a lot of resentment from the Opposition and the general public, he came out with the blatant lie that he had never said he would give weapons,'' the CPI leader pointed out, and felt Mr. Naidu did not have the right to continue in power.

"Did anyone stop the Chief Minister from taking up an industrial or irrigation project? Did the naxalites not kill CPI or Congress leaders?'' Mr. Reddy asked. He felt that the Chief Minister, in a bid to cover up his failure on tackling growing corruption, unemployment, poverty, privatisation of education and health, was taking shelter by levelling false allegations.

The State AITUC president, V.V. Rama Rao, said BJP leaders were ruining the secular fabric of the country and visiting the Ram temple at Ayodhya and Satya Sai Baba in Puttaparthi.

Even as they made promises of providing jobs and alleviating poverty, they closed factories and denied the legitimate rights of the workers.

The former MLA, Manam Anjaneyulu, presided over the meeting, which was preceded by a huge rally from NAD Kotha Road to Gopalapatnam.

Members of Praja Natya Mandali sang revolutionary songs during the rally and at the meeting.

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