Thursday, May 29, 2003
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By A. Devarajan
What makes this impression gain ground is the fact that he was setting the end of 2004 as the deadline for the achievement of targets by various departments which exactly coincides with the time when elections in the State are due. His intention appears to be to achieve all the targets and put the State in an unenviable position before he went to the people for votes.
For instance, the resolution on backward area development adopted at the TDP's on-going three-day plenary at Tirupati has set for his Government a mammoth target which `should be achieved by 2004'.
The resolution said that by the end of 2004, his Government should have distributed house-site pattas to 25 lakh beneficiaries, constructed 35 lakh houses for the homeless, black-topped roads to all villages with 2000-plus population, and provided protected water supply scheme in all villages with 200 population, achieved a 6 per cent growth rate in the land under plough and four-fold increase in agricultural production. There is an urgent need to gear-up the government machinery to achieve the target, he said replying to the resolution moved at the plenum.
On the political side, Mr. Naidu also made full use of the plenum to go hammer and tongs particularly at the Congress and at the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) which, of late, has become a thorn in his flesh with its demand for a separate Telangana. However, he was not found taunting the two left parties too much though some other TDP leaders were seen occasionally having a go at them.
In all the resolutions which the plenum adopted on the second day of its session here today and yesterday as well, the Chief Minister was found grilling the Congress for its ``misinformation and disinformation campaign''.
He also presented the picture from the government's side to put the record straight. He attributed the regional imbalances in the State to the prolonged rule of the Congress which, he alleged, far from closing them widened them further for its own political mileage.
On the Congress' rumpus on the power tariff hike, he painted the Congress not only as a party which was out of touch with the dynamically changing socio-economic conditions but also as one which was deliberately playing-up the free power issue though it knew that it could not be implemented.
The Congress was not implementing it in the States where it was in power, he said.
While dealing on the law and order resolution, Mr. Naidu blamed the Congress for following the British trait of fostering diversity in unity when the Indian society by nature saw unity in diversity.
As though to neutralise the charge that the TDP ignored backward areas development, especially Telangana and Rayalaseema, Mr. Naidu debunked the charge by showing statistics and taunted the two parties of always playing the backwardness card only when they were out of power and conveniently forgetting it when it power.
He pointed out that in fact it was in Telangana that more works were taken up under the food for work programme and also sought to clarify that it was a `misconception' to think that entire Telangana was backward when the fact was that only certain pockets were really backward.
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