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Naidu dares Rosaiah to conduct direct municipal polls

Special Correspondent

Gears up party machinery to garner maximum support


Naidu makes indirect reference to the uncertainty lingering over Praja Rajyam

Accuses YSR's family members and friends of having ‘usurped' mines and lands in State


TIRUPATI: Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu rounded off his three-day tour in his native Chittoor district on a hectic note. Addressing the district level Area Conveners meeting of the TDP at Chittoor on the last leg of his busy schedule, Naidu has in a significant move, dared the Chief Minister, K. Rosaiah to conduct the municipal elections in the direct mode, if he had the guts.

Hardly able to conceal his itch for some elections in the State in the present complex political scenario, obviously to use as a dress rehearsal ahead of the major electoral battle, Chandrababu also dared Rosaiah to announce the dates for the municipal elections early and get into the ring.

TDP, as the largest cadre-based regional party and as the only alternative to Congress in the State, would prove its might in the elections, Naidu said and asked the rank and file of the party to pull up their socks for the elections.

He envisioned a key role for the TDP in the coming days and without naming PR, he said a party which emerged on an euphoric note on the plank of social justice and with a bang to take the political space of all parties had failed on both the fronts.

In a bid to further motivate the TDP cadres for the civic body elections, Naidu made an indirect reference to the uncertainty lingering over the very existence of the Praja Rajyam in the context of its chief Chiranjeevi's open overtures towards the Congress.

Clarion call

It was in this context that the TDP chief gave the cadres a clarion call to fan into the nook and corner of the wards to enlist the support of the voters, especially the BCs, the TDP's strong vote-bank.

Continuing his tirade against the former Chief Minister Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, Chandrababu charged that YSR's family members and friends have ‘usurped' mines and land-holdings in the State and regretted that though the TDP released a statement at Delhi giving details of the lands allegedly ‘usurped' by ‘them', the centre had taken no action in the matter. Similarly, though as much as Rs. 55,000 crore was said to have been pumped into the YSR's much-touted ‘Jalayagnam' projects, not even a single acre has been additionally brought under plough. The projects have become either non-starters or were stopped on the tracks for a variety of reasons.

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