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Naidu 'richest Chief Minister' in the country: Rao

Former Andhra CM Nadela Bhaskar Rao said it would be impossible for Congress to compete with Naidu in the present poll campaign.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Vijayawada
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2004 08:49 PM IST

Claiming that TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu is the "richest Chief Minister" in the country, former CM of Andhra Pradesh Nadela Bhaskar Rao on Thursday said it would be almost impossible for Congress to compete with him in the present poll campagin.

Speaking to newspersons, Rao alleged "with the ill-gotten money, Naidu could indulge in lavish poll publicity. Definately, he could be ahead of Congress at every level of electioneering".

Stating that revival of State Legislative Council would be the important issue in Congress agenda, he added "The assembly alone would not be able to represent the people of the state, hence, revival of the Legislative Council is a must".

When told that the Legislative Council was abolished only when he was in TDP, he said "I have opposed it, you can see the records".

Rao said there was tremendous response everywhere in the state for Congress and the anti-incumbency factor could be found even in the rural areas. "We are sure to form the government in the state, and the percentage of votes would be 60-40", he added.

"The main agenda for the present elections would be to set right the rural economy, which was `completely shattered'. Even the education and health care was ignored, handed over to the private sector, which even persons like me cannot afford".

Referring to BJP's `India Shining' campaign, he said Congress laid the foundations for so many public sector organisations which were now in "bad shape" because of the "wrong priorities".

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