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Naidu’s colour TVs a hit with tribals

B.V.S. Bhaskar

Promises Rs. 1 lakh house to each tribal, loans and MSP for forest produce

-Photo: S. Rambabu

For the people: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu, waving to tribals sitting on hill tops, just before leaving Rampachodavaram on Tuesday.

Rampachodavaram: Telugu Desam party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday said if the party comes to power, Rampachodavaram tribal area would be developed as a model agency in the State.

It would allot Rs. 1 lakh house to each tribal, provide best health services, implement strictly tribal welfare acts, extend loans and minimum support price (MSP) to forest produce.

Mr. Naidu was addressing a meeting of tribals, amidst tight security arrangements, here, once considered as hot bed of Maoist activities and the main entrance to the seven mandals of agency area in East Godavari.

It was his first election tour of the district after NTR Junior’s campaign and the response from tribals was good and spontaneous when he spoke for about 35 minutes. He spent one hour from 2.50 p.m. at Gurukul School and then left for Jaggampeta by helicopter.

Whenever he spoke about distribution of colour TVs and free power to them, there was applause from tribals. But there was not much of response from them when he touched upon other subjects though Chinnam Babu Ramesh, sitting party MLA and Midiyam Babu Rao, CPI (M) candidate from Araku Lok Sabha constituency asked to clap hands.

He lashed out at Congress for failing to complete Bhupathipalem irrigation project under Jalayagnam for corruption in National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.

He criticised the ITDA for misusing funds meant for tribals. Criticising PR, Mr. Naidu cautioned tribals against voting and getting to that party’s train.

“It has no driver. Do not board and vote for it, it may lead to accidents.”

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