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TDP leader seeks security

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VIJAYAWADA, JAN. 26. Finding fault with the State Government's stand on the killing of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MLA from Penukonda Assembly constituency in Anantapur district, Paritala Ravindra, the TDP's urban unit vice-president, Katragadda Babu, has accused the Congress party of working on a well-chalked out plan to eliminate Opposition leaders in a systematic way.Referring to the statement of the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, on Tuesday that Paritala was provided with 10 gunmen, Y. Dayakar Rao with 12, Devender Goud with 40 and Chandrababu Naidu with 100 security guards, Mr. Babu said it was as if the Congress Government had inadvertently announced its hit list.

`On murder spree'

Speaking to the media here on Wednesday, the TDP leader said the Congress party's taking over the reigns of power in the State in 1989 was marked by the murder of the TDP Legislator, J. Sivareddy, in Hyderabad and Mr. Babu's brother, Katragadda Venkata Narayana, in Vijayawada. "The Congress is repeating its act once again by going on a murder spree," he alleged.

Referring to the recent attack on him, Mr. Babu said the Government must prove its credibility by providing him adequate security at least now. He reiterated his charge that the Congress Government in the State was out to eliminate all the active TDP leaders and workers across the State. He said the manner in which the "murder plan" of the Penukonda MLA was carried out in broad daylight was ample proof of the deteriorating law and order. The slain MLA had made several pleas for protection expressing threat to his life by none other than the Chief Minister and his son, Jaganmohan Reddy, but the State machinery did not bother to concede his plea, he said.

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