'Teach the ruling corrupt Congress a lesson'

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Guntur, Nov 6: Telugu film star, Nandamuri Balakrishna on Wednesday, Nov 5 called the ruling Congress governemnt corrupt in the rally, 'Yuva Garjana' organised by the TDP in Andhra Pradesh. He also stated that the Congress days are numbered. "Teach the corrupt and inept Congress a fitting lesson and vote the TDP back to power," Balakrishna appealed to the youth at the 'Yuva Garjana' rally organised by the TDP on Wednesday, Nov 5. "They (Congress) claim to be Gandhians but are following goondagiri. They boast of being a farmer-friendly government but more than 5,600 farmers committed suicide in Andhra Pradesh. Farmers have been reduced to such a sorry state where they have to raid godowns even for a bag of a fertiliser," Balakrishna regretted.

Pointing out that rice was sold at Rs 14 per kg when the state witnessed continuous drought during the TDP regime, Balakrishna said, it was now being sold at Rs 30 despite bountiful rains.

"The reservoirs were empty then but the state had uninterrupted power supply. The reservoirs are overflowing now but the state is reeling under acute power shortage. Scores of jobs were created in the Information Technology sector when TDP was at the helm while the professionals are facing retrenchment under the Congress," he said.

The TDP leader said the Congress government had forcibly taken away thousands of acres of land from hapless farmers and handed it on a platter to the rich and the mighty.

"It has broken the back of the farmers in the name of SEZs," he said.

He was also highly critical of the widespread corruption in the Y S Rajasekhara Reddy government and wanted the youth to fight to finish it. "You can root out corruption just by the looks. Such is your power," he said.

Expressing anguish over the deteriorated law and order situation in the state, the actor noted that wherever a bomb blast occurs in the country, its links were being traced to Hyderabad.

"What happened to democracy? Are the people safe under such a dispensation," he questioned angrily.

His father and TDP founder-president N T Rama Rao gave property rights to women and empowered them by all means but in the last four-and-a-half years the state has been witnessing rapes and murders in women hostels, Balakrishna said. "Is there a government in Andhra Pradesh," he wondered.

There was not a single instance of communal strife as long as the TDP was in power but the state has now been witnessing utter lawlessness, he lamented.

The youth can think and act fast, Balakrishna noted, and exhorted them to rid the state of the Congress' misrule.

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