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Stop complaining, APCC chief tells Telugu Desam president

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`Join hands with the Congress to cleanse politics'


HYDERABAD: APCC president K. Keshava Rao has called upon Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu to "join hands with the Congress in ushering in clean politics" and set an example to the rest of the country.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, Dr. Keshava Rao urged Mr. Naidu to stop complaining against the Congress for his own failures. "If his candidates withdraw from the race, better blame them and not us," he said referring to the unanimous election of Congress candidates in 24 municipal wards.

`Baseless allegations'

Mr. Naidu should believe in "electioneering and not in petitioning," he said alluding to the spate of petitions submitted to the State Election Commission by the TDP. Mr. Naidu had submitted dozens of petitions levelling allegations against the Congress.

"Not a single allegation has turned out to be true," he added.

Dr. Rao claimed that there was perfect understanding with the Left parties in all civic bodies except the Kurnool Municipal Corporation and the Suryapet Municipality (Nalgonda).

According to this understanding, the CPI (M) was contesting 111 wards as an alliance partner and the CPI, in 104. Out of 10 corporations, the Left parties were given 71 wards out of 514, he said.

`Minor problems'

However, misunderstandings in Kurnool and Suryapet would not spill over to other areas as those were local problems, he said. But, if the Left parties did not work for the Congress, it would also be under no obligation to do so in those towns, he said.

"Anyway the CPI (M) is a mature party and I am hopeful that minor problems will be sorted out," he said.

Dr. Keshava Rao said he would launch his campaign from Bheemunipatnam in Visakhapatnam district on September 14. During the first lap, he would cover coastal Andhra in four days.

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