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TDP committed to United Andhra Pradesh: Naidu

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Vijayawada, May 4 (UNI) Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu today said his party was committed to ''United Andhra Pradesh''.

Mr Naidu, who is on a two-day visit to Krishna district to interact with leaders of 17 Assembly constituencies said he had already visited seven districts on the issue as the party had faced a rout in the last Assembly elections.

Alleging that the BJP had changed its stand on ''United Andhra Pradesh'' he pointed out that when the BJP had an alliance with the TDP, they never raised the issue of a separate Telangana. ''Their stand on the issue has been changed for gaining political advantage,'' he said.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) which was spearheading the movement had no proper direction on the issue, he said adding that the TRS was enjoying the power at the Centre and fooling the people in the state in the name of Telangana.

Mr Naidu called upon the TDP workers and leaders to come on a common platform to fight for United Andhra Pradesh, a commitment made by TDP founder leader late N T Rama Rao.

On the Union Government's proposal to hike the price of petroluem products, he said the Centre was bent on hiking the oil prices very soon on the pretext of sharp rise in world crude oil prices which was cruising at over 70 US Dollars a barrel.

He said the condition of farmers in the state was ''pathetic'' as they suffered losses due to the recent untimely rains. They were not getting remunerative or even minimum support price for their produce, Mr Naidu said.

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