Venkaiah predicts snap polls to Lok Sabha

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Vijayawada, Mar 16: Senior BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu today predicted that the Lok Sabha elections would be held before schedule and the BJP-led NDA would form a government at the Centre.

Mr Naidu, who was here to participate in the 'rythu poru bata', told newpersons that the BJP had won in six states in the Assembly elections held for 11 states from 2004, while the Congress won only in one state. Stating that an anti-Congress wave was sweeping across the country, he alleged that the Centre's Rs 60,000 crore farm loan waiver was to ''hoodwink'' the peasants.

He said the international airport at Shamshabad would be named after former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N T Rama Rao as soon as the party would voted to power at the Centre.

He alleged that the UPA government lacked clarity in announcing Minimum Support Price (MSP) of Rs 1,000 per quintal to paddy on par with wheat.

Later, speaking at a public meeting at Jaggayyapeta in Krishna district as part of the programme, Mr Naidu demanded that the UPA government take steps to extend the benefit of the farm loan waiver to all farmers in the country.

He also appealed to the Centre to write off farm loans below Rs 50,000 and provide fresh loans at 25 paise interest rate.


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