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Political, Mining And Land Mafia Ruling Roost In AP: Naidu

Criticising the Congress government for failing to maintain law and order, Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu today said 'political mafia', 'mining mafia' and 'land mafia' were ruling the roost in Andhra Pradesh. "There
PTI May 29, 2010 20:34 IST
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Criticising the Congress government for failing to maintain law and order, Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu today said 'political mafia', 'mining mafia' and 'land mafia' were ruling the roost in Andhra Pradesh.

"There is no security for people in the state because of the political mafia while the mining mafia has been plundering precious national wealth," Naidu said addressing the valedictory of the TDP's three-day 'Mahanadu' at Gandipet near in Hyderabad.

The police is being misused by the ruling party to serve its vested political interests, he alleged, referring to Rajya Sabha member K V P Ramachandra Rao, who is also heading the committee on public safety and security in the state. "The so-called safety and security committee has failed to do anything. It should be disbanded forthwith," he said. 

The TDP chief strongly condemned the growing attacks on his party cadre by the ruling party. "We shall not tolerate these attacks and resist them by all means," he said. 

Naidu said no one could stop the TDP's victory in any election in future. "But we want the Election Commission to do away with the Electronic Voting Machines and revert to the ballot paper system. EVMs can be used to rig the election and manipulate the result in favour of a particular party," he said. 

Earlier, film star and TDP founder-president N T Rama Rao's son Nandamuri Balakrishna said Andhra Pradesh would face mid-term elections soon as the ruling Congress government might collapse anytime due to its internal rumblings. "Be geared up for the Assembly elections, not four years later but anytime soon," said Balakrishna, who was one of the attractions at the Mahanadu on the final day. 

The TDP would return to power and Chandrababu would become Chief Minister whenever elections are held, he said. Young star and Balakrishna's nephew NTR Junior said he would work for the party "till my last drop of blood." "My aim is to restore glory for the party and bring it back to power. I appeal to the party president to give due prominence to youth and women," NTR Junior said. 

The three-day annual conference culminated with the unanimous re-election of Naidu as the Telugu Desam Party president for the 15th year in a row. PTI