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Naidu richest CM in the country: Bhaskar Rao

Claiming that Naidu was the richest chief minister in the country, former Andhra CM Nadela Bhaskar Rao said that it would be difficult for Congress to compete with him in electioneering.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Vijayawada
PUBLISHED ON APR 15, 2004 05:11 PM IST

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

Speaking to newspersons here Rao said, "with the ill-gotten money, Naidu could indulge in lavish poll publicity. Definitely 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 said "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 Legilsative Council was abolished 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 shapes because of the `wrong priorities'.

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