Visit villages or face the music: CM Chandrababu Naidu to leaders

Naidu directs party leaders to give clarity to the people instead of resorting to counter Oppn’s ‘false’ allegations

Published: 13th June 2018 04:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2018 04:02 AM   |  A+A-

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu (File photo | EPS)

Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu (File photo | EPS)

By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu has instructed the party leaders to be in continuous touch with the people and explain to them about the welfare and development activities being carried out by the State government.

“Visiting villages during the elections is an old practice. You should mingle with people and make it a habit to visit villages. You should not be a silent spectators and should explain to people about the facts,’’ Naidu told the party leaders and warned of stern action against those who are ignoring his directions.

During the TDP coordination meeting held at his residence in Undavalli near here on Tuesday, the Chief Minister explained about several development programmes being implemented successfully by his government and wanted the party leaders to explain the same to the public.

“I will maintain friendly relations with you (TDP leaders) as long as you mingle with party activists and public. But, once you distance yourself from the public, I, too, will keep a distance from you,’’ he cautioned the leaders. Alleging that opposition YSRC and the BJP are levelling baseless charges against the government, he instructed the party leaders to give clarity to the people instead of resorting to counter criticism.

“We have made sand available free of cost. But, the YSRC leader, who was involved in `43,000 crore corruption, is making allegation of `33,000-corruption in mining. Is it possible when we are providing sand free of cost?” he demanded to know.

Directing the MPs to organise a programme at the ground level at least once in a fortnight, he also wanted them to hold public meetings and stage protest demonstrations in New Delhi for achieving the special category status and all the provisions mentioned in the AP State Reorganisation Act.

Speaking on the occasion, Information Technology Minister and TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh said the responsibility of strengthening the party at the booth level lies on the leaders.

Voters list, EVMs

When Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu mentioned about the alleged removal of names of Muslims from the voters list in Karnataka, Naidu said that leaders should review and check the voters list and alert the SC, ST and BC voters. The Chief Minister also wanted the party cadre to be cautious on the remarks coming on EVMs and instructed them to create awareness among the voters.

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