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Leave no space for opposition, Naidu tells colleagues

Press Trust of India  |  Vijayawada 

Telugu Desam Party president and Chief Minister today directed his party leaders to ensure no space is left for "opposition" and the remains in power for the next 20 years in the state.

"There shouldn't be any space for opposition (parties) in the state. Take it seriously. Work with a concrete plan and display organised skills. We can reach the desired goals only when there is no opposition," Chandrababu told ministers, MPs, MLAs and other senior leaders through a teleconference here today.

"My life is an example of value-filled politics and honest business. Everyone should have only positive thoughts and work for strengthening the party. If the state has to benefit in the long-term, the has to be in power for 20 years," a party press release said, quoting Chandrababu.

He said there was a need for "political consolidation" in every district and every constituency.

"I am able to run my business (Heritage Foods) successfully without even a small help from the government. This was possible with the cooperation of farmers, family members and mettle of the staff. If I do something wrong, it will spread across the state," Chandrababu pointed out.

He asked the leaders to work efficiently so as to strengthen the party among all sections of the society.

"Counter the venomous propaganda of the opposition parties and dispel any misgivings among people about the government programmes. Development of the state and welfare of people is a 'yagna' I am performing and everyone should join hands with me," the TDP chief said.

He directed the party rank and file to be geared up for the upcoming elections to the Legislative Council elections from Graduates and Teachers constituencies.


Naidu said the NDA government "firmly believe" that India is mostly made of honest people but due to a "dishonest minority", the country and the common man are suffering.

"Cancellation of tender value of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes is a measure taken by the government to check misuse of these high value notes by sponsors of terrorism and black money holders," he said.

Naidu said the ultimate beneficiaries of this move will be the common man and the poor.

"Some opposition parties are resorting to malicious and misleading campaign to belittle the ultimate gains of this move to the common man and the poor," he said.

First Published: Sat, October 15 2016. 15:42 IST