Congress to go it alone in polls: YSR
‘Party poised to win 230 seats based on surveys’
CLP meeting attended by 228 MLAs, MPs
‘Congress should touch 51 per cent vote share’
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has hinted that the Congress party was preparing to go it alone in the next elections and would not make any attempt to woo other parties to join hands with it.
Making it clear that the Congress party was on a sound footing to face the elections and poised to win over 230 seats based on scientific surveys commissioned by the party, Dr. Reddy at a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) asked partymen to gear up for the crucial polls. The Congress enjoyed 46 per cent vote share and partymen should strive to see that it touches 51 per cent, he was reported to have remarked.
The meeting was attended by 228 MLAs and MPs, a record of sorts for the CLP, saw Dr. Reddy ridiculing the attempts of the Opposition parties to join hands to unseat the Congress in the elections.
Highlighting welfare and development measures initiated by his government, the Chief Minister asked the legislators to make it a point to compare spending on irrigation sector during the previous Telugu Desam regime with the present and enlighten people. The previous Telugu Desam Party government spent only Rs. 7,500 crore during its tenure where as the Congress government has spent Rs. 46,000 crore so far and will complete all projects at a cost of Rs. 1.60 lakh crore.
The State government had done its best to fight a legal battle for the construction of irrigation projects, including Babli, by Maharashtra on Godavari. He said, the government was considering taking up a lift irrigation project close to the controversial project.
APCC president D. Srinivas said, it was now up to the party cadres to ensure that Congress retained power.