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Digvijay trains guns on Naidu

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Blames TDP chief for neglect of rural economy

KAMAREDDY (NIZAMABAD DT.): The Congress party State in-charge, Digvijay Singh has said that the former Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu had neglected rural economy during his nine-year rule while giving undue importance to information technology.

Addressing a public meeting at Batkamma Kunta area in the town in connection with Rajiv Nagara Bheri, on Friday, he expressed surprise at the former Chief Minister's concern for Backward Classes and weaker sections.

"Is it not Mr. Naidu who neglected the rural poor while reciting the IT mantra and befriending Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.

He thought IT was the only solution to all the problems," Mr. Singh remarked.

"He developed Hyderabad at the cost of villages resulting in absence of basic civic amenities like safe drinking water in rural areas. Agriculture and irrigation sectors were grossly neglected, he said.

Mr. Singh said the TDP was least bothered to allocate funds to the municipalities.

He appealed to the people to vote for the Congress for improvement of facilities and allocation of more funds to the municipal councils.

He said Mr. Naidu after having supported the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre for six long years had severed ties with the BJP.

The Pradesh Congress Committee president, K. Keshav Rao said that the Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy Government had taken special interest in improving civic facilities in towns and for which Rs. 320 crores was earmarked.

The Minister for Information and Public Relations, Mohammad Ali Shabbir, and others spoke.

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