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Kishan, Venkaiah spit fire on UPA

Kishan, Venkaiah spit fire on UPA
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Visakhapatnam: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top leaders M Venkaiah Naidu and party State president Kishen Reddy took on the UPA at the Centre and the...

Visakhapatnam: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) top leaders M Venkaiah Naidu and party State president Kishen Reddy took on the UPA at the Centre and the Congress in the State blaming them for the power crisis. Addressing the 'Praja Chaitanya Sadassu' here on Monday, Mr Venkaiah Naidu said the BJP would be the only party to bring the country out of the crisis. He said industrial and agricultural growth fell to a dismal low in the last 10 years while the BJP-ruled States were witnessing an impressive growth. "The agricultural growth in Andhra Pradesh fell to 1.96 per cent while Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh have recorded 19 and 15 per cent growth rate. The industrial growth rate fell to 0.37 per cent from nine per cent in the last financial year," Mr Venkaiah Naidu said. Referring to the Third Front being spoken about by some parties, he said the Left parties have no moral right to claim a Third Front after supporting the Congress in the UPA-1. He said the regional parties cannot give good and effective governance like the national parties. Promising a stable and effective government, Mr Naidu said the BJP would abolish the special status to Kashmir, bring special legislation to prevent conversion, protect women, abolish VAT and FDI in retail sector. Mr Kishen Reddy said YS Rajasekhara Reddy had promised nine-hour power supply to the farmers, but the present government was not able to provide even four hours. The industrial growth has been hit by the poor maintenance of power sector, he said. "If BJP comes to power, the State will get uninterrupted power for both domestic and industrial consumers," he said. Mr Reddy too said a Third Front was not feasible since most of the regional parties would eventually end up supporting the Congress. "If you vote any party other than BJP, the vote will go to Congress," he said.
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