AP Congress refutes Brinda Karat's charge

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Hyderabad, Jul 29 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) today took strong objection to the remarks of Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau Member Brinda Karat that the Congress rule in the state was like demon's rule.

Addressing a press conference here, Party Spokespersons P Venkata Rao and N Tulasi Reddy said ''instead of making baseless allegations against the Congress government, Ms Karat should think about the happenings in the West Bengal, and the incidents in the Nandigram where the CPI(M) workers chased innocent people and killed them.'' Denying the charge of Ms Karat that the Congress had received money from Andhra Pradesh for buying the support of MPs to win the trust vote, Mr Rao said ''the Congress is a democratic party and will not resort to horse trading.'' Mr Reddy alleged that the Opposition parties, including TDP, TRS and CPM, were resorting to opportunistic politics and trying to forge a grand alliance to defeat the Congress.

He said the Congress party in the state had won seven Assembly elections out of 12 between 1952 and 2004, and 11 Lok Sabha elections out of 14 without alliance.

He expressed confidence that the party would win 230 Assembly and 36 parliamentary seats from the state in the next elections.

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