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Meeting with Bush not investment oriented: CM

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Hyderabad, Mar 2 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy today said he would project the state in its entirety to US President George W Bush during his visit to the city tomorrow.

''It is not at all an investments-seeking meet,'' he said talking to persons here. ''We want to ensure that there is no unnecessary hype. We want to organise a down-to-earth meeting.'' Asked about protests by Left parties and minorities, he said the Left was protesting against the perceived drawbacks in the nuclear deal. He described the protests by the minorities as a fallout of the Danish cartoon controversy.

Earlier, he held a high level review meeting on the security arrangements for the VVIP as per the guidelines furnished in the security services manual of the US, issued by the White House after the September 2001 terrorist strike on the World Trade Centre.

''I am glad that Mr Bush has chosen to come to Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad in particular,'' said Dr Reddy, who had been directed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to doubly ensure foolproof arrangements for the visit and make Mr Bush's stay a pleasant one.

Dr Reddy will have a one-on-one dialogue with Mr Bush at the Acharya N G Ranga Agriculture University premises on farming partices, progressive farmers and achievements of self-help groups in the state.

Mr Bush will witness the tilling of field by the majestic Ongole bulls at the demonstration plot laid to popularise the system of rice intensification, to improve productivity cutting down water consumption and other inputs.

UNI SM VV LR KP1831

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