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By Our Staff Reporter
HYDERABAD, APRIL 13. Are the contesting candidates unsure of their respective parties' poll alliances and economic policies? It appeared so at the public forum organised by the Lok Satta for the contestants of the Khairatabad Assembly constituency here on Monday.
When the Congress candidate, P. Janardhan Reddy, was asked whether he wanted the votes of Andhra or Telangana people in the constituency, he said, "Why do you want to ask such sensitive questions? If I speak in any manner, the other side would feel slighted."
He was then asked how his party allied with Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) when its leaders held the Congress of being responsible for the backwardness of Telangana. "Just as other parties had come together to remove the Congress Government, we had formed alliances to throw out the TDP Government due to its anti-people policies."
"The Communist Parties opposing Telangana State are also our allies. Hasn't the TDP labelled the BJP a communal party before 1998 and held it responsible for the Babri Masjid demolition? If you ask sensitive questions it will cause problems to both of us," he said. Mr. Vijayarama Rao was saved of the trouble of explaining his party's alliance.
When asked about the closure of public sector units in the city like HMT, Allwyn, Meter Factory and others, Mr. Rao said the economic reforms were initiated by the Congress Government of P.V. Narasimha Rao to ensure that the PSUs were brought of their moribund state and his Government was trying to find a solution to the problem.
Mr. Reddy's retort was that the NDA/TDP Government appeared to following Congress policies. But, if his Government comes to power all the closed PSUs would be re-opened.
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