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Dasari lashes out at TDP rule

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, APRIL 11. The APCC campaign committee chairman, Dasari Narayana Rao, launched his campaign here on Sunday by hitting out at the Telugu Desam's nine-year rule.

The former CLP leader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has already launched party's campaign by taking out a `Jaitra Yatra' from Chevella and almost completed touring the constituencies that come under the first phase area.

Mr. Narayana Rao's `yatra' will cover the constituencies mostly left untouched by Dr. Reddy. After a road show in the twin cities, he will be leaving for Mahabubnagar tomorrow. After touring Nalgonda, Visakhapatnam, Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts, he will proceed to Nizamabad and join the TRS chief, K. Chandrasekhara Rao, for a joint campaign.

Addressing a press conference after releasing pamphlets detailing the failures of the Telugu Desam Government, he appealed to voters to throw out the `anti-people' regime. Listing the TD failures, he said the Chief Minister, N. Chandrababu Naidu, was capable enough of `cheating all people, all the times.'

Recalling the fate of the TDP schemes like Rs. 2 a kg rice which had been reversed by the present regime, he said Mr. Naidu had gone back on all promises he had made. The Government had no programme for the poor and the downtrodden and was working for the rich only, he alleged. Criticising the Government for concentrating only the development of a part of Hyderabad, he asked whether the Government was aware of the fact that a vast majority of the population was deprived of basic amenities.

Unemployment and privatisation leading to closure of several industries and neglect of the rural sector were the highlights of the TD rule, he said. The State had earned the dubious distinction of topping the list of suicide by farmers and weavers in the country, he said.

He denied the reports that he was unhappy with the APCC leadership. Though he was not very happy over selection of candidates, he said the Congress had done better than in the past in rendering social justice to various sections.

Earlier, the former Chief Minister, Nadendla Bhaskara Rao, accused the Chief Minister of pursuing negative policies to the detriment of the State.

Sonia's tour

The AICC president, Sonia Gandhi, will address public meetings at Mahabubnagar, Nizamabad and Visakhapatnam on April 15 as part of her campaign, according to Yadav Reddy, political secretary to the APCC president. The APCC has appointed coordinators to make the meetings a success.

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