TDP supremo criticises AP CM for ''shielding'' PM

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Hyderabad, Nov 17 (UNI) TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu criticised Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy for ''shielding'' Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who had ''turned down'' the demand for hiking the MSP for paddy to Rs 1,000 per quintal.

Talking to reporters here, he alleged that Chief Minister was ''twisting facts'' to claim that the MSP hike for wheat would come into force only from next year and the difference between the MSP for wheat and rice was only Rs 75 per quintal.

Mr Naidu lamented that it was the millers, who cornered the bonus announced for paddy.

Before leaving for Adilabad, to know first-hand problems of the cotton growers, Mr Naidu opined that cotton growers were in the verge of committing suicide with the fall in the price from Rs 2,500 per quintal to about Rs 1,500.

Later, addressing farmers in Adilabad, he urged the Centre to announce the MSP for all crops before the commencement of cultivation, so that the farmers could decide whether to go for a particular crop or not.

He asserted that the TDP would wage a relentless struggle till justice was done to the peasants.

UNI

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