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Press Trust of India, PTI
Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, April 17, 2004
Claiming that pro-Congress wave was sweeping Andhra Pradesh in such a way, the former Congress Legislature Party (CLP) Leader Dr YS Rajasekhar Reddy today alleged that the TDP might not even be identified as a strong opposition after the forthcoming elections. Reddy, who was here as part of his `Jaitra Yatra' in coastal Andhra, told reporters at the Press Club here that during his yatra, Congress received tremendous support.

Alleging that the NDA and TDP have their `own hidden agendas which would be implemented after the polls', he said the two were making `false' promises to `misguide' people.

Reddy alleged that after elections, the price of diesel and petrol would be hiked and added that for the 28th time in less than five years the prices of diesel and petrol were being hiked.

"In Andhra Pradesh, the Chief Minister is ready with the proposal to increase the power tariff as part of his assurance to the World Bank", Reddy added.

Ridiculing the `India Shining' campaign of BJP leaders, Reddy said the foreign exchange reserves was growing in the face of ever-widening foreign trade deficit year after year.

The annual growth rate in employment in the last six years has been 1.7 per cent as against 2.1 per cent in the previous decade and particularly for women, it has come down from 0.9 per cent to 0.3 per cent, he claimed.

Reddy said even the economic growth rate under NDA fell to 5.5 per. More-