TDP prepares cadre for protracted stir against Cong

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Hyderabad, Dec 11 (UNI) Gearing up the party for elections to the Lok Sabha and the Andhra Pradesh Assembly ''sooner than later'', the Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) today resolved to spearhead stirs on a continuous basis to expose the ''anti-people'' policies of the ruling Congress at the centre and in the state.

At the party's two-day extended state committee meeting here, TDP President and United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA) Convenor N Chandrababu Naidu exhorted the cadres to step up agitation against the ''total neglect'' of welfare schemes by the ruling Congress and in support of farmers, who were not getting remunerative price for their produce.

The party decided to launch 'Palle Nidra' from next month to sleep in villages and get to know first hand the problems of villagers.

Later briefing newspersons on the meeting, TDP Parliamentary Party leader K Yerran Naidu opined that the farmers agenda set by the UNPA would become the national agenda in the days to come.

The party would not rest until farmers were provided remunerative price for their produce, including at least Rs 1,000 per tonne of paddy as recommended by noted farm scientist M S Swaminathan, he asserted.

If the TDP was voted to power in the state in the next elections, peasants would be provided free power for nine hours, he said, adding that the state government should provide additional incentives to farmers whenever the MSP announced by the Centre was unremunerative.

A set of promises made to the people by the party ahead of the polls included loans to small and marginal farmers at a mere one per cent interest rate and at three per cent for big farmers, constitution of state-level Agricultural Costs and Prices Commission and Rs 1,000 crore special market intervention fund in support of farmers.

The TDP decided to intensify agitation demanding recovery from contractors of the Godavari irrigation project in the wake of the alleged indictment of the state government by the Comptroller and Auditor General for ''inflating'' the internal benchmark estimates.

The party decided to organise meetings across the state to win over, dalits, girijans and other backward classes and women, culminating in the Party Mahanadu, annual conclave in Hyderabad in May next.


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