TDP Calls For Early Polls

Hyderabad, Nov 13: | Updated: Nov 14 2003, 05:30am hrs
Clearing the decks for the dissolution of the 294-member Andhra Pradesh assembly, the politburo of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Thursday endorsed a resolution that the Chandrababu Naidu government seek a fresh mandate from the people to silence the Congress and the naxalites hampering development in the state.

As per the party sources, state chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is expected to meet the Governor on Friday to recommend for the dissolution of assembly immediately after the emergency Cabinet meeting. The Cabinet is likely to adopt one-line resolution before meeting the Governor.

The TDP has decided to seek fresh mandate, almost 10 months ahead of the scheduled polls for the state assembly, against the terrorist activities of naxal groups and anti-development approach of the Congress party in the state.

The general body meeting of TDP has adopted a two-page political resolution introduced by Devender Goud, a politburo member and state home minister, seeking the fresh mandate. Over 7,000 members of the party from all over the state attended the meeting.

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Naidu pointed out the ulterior designs of the principle opposition party in the state, Congress. They have created a number of hurdles in the way of the developmental programmes taken up by the TDP government, Mr Naidu said.

While explaining various development programmes his government had taken up during the last eight years of governance and how the opposition parties including Congress have tried to stall the welfare programmes, Mr Naidu said the Congress even instigated chief ministers of other Congress-ruled states to bring pressure on the Centre to stop additional funds to the state.