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Rahul stole my idea, says Nara Lokesh


TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu’s son Lokesh cried hoarse on Saturday over the Congress “stealing” his idea and coming up with the cash transfer scheme.

“Cash Transfer Scheme was my idea. But the Centre has repackaged it as a Direct Benefit Transfer System to ensure transfer of cash to bank accounts of beneficiaries of various schemes,” the 30-year-old Standford MBA said, recalling how the TDP, after examining the scheme, had included it in the party’s manifesto ahead of the 2009 general elections.

Lokesh, who was accompanying his father on his Vastunna Meekosam Padayatra in the district, took exception to Rahul Gandhi addressing meetings claiming it to be a revolutionary scheme of the UPA coming into effect from Jan 1, 2013.

Lokesh took a dig at Rahul Gandhi for not being able to do even the “cut and paste job” properly. “He tried to cut my programme and paste it on a platter for the voter to impress him and thus reap a harvest of votes in elections,” Lokesh said.

He did not understand how the Congress could claim his idea as its own after it rubbished it when the TDP promised the scheme ahead of the 2009 general elections, he said.

Lokesh, who has been active in the Telugu Desam Party since 2009, is likely to announce his entry into politics and seek election to the Lok Sabha.

Chandrababu Naidu, who never commits himself on when Lokesh would be entering public life, has reportedly been encouraging his son to seek election to the Lok Sabha since in the Assembly, he would be there anyway.

Lokesh, who took an active party in campaigning for the TDP in 2009, is spotted off and on with his father on the arduous padayatra.

When Naidu and Lokesh arrived in Karimnagar, local youths had arrived in large numbers to meet Lokesh and shake hands with him. While some tried to get his autograph, others took pictures of him on their mobiles. Elders in the area submitted memoranda to him on the problems they were facing.

Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu also maintained that it was the Telugu Desam Party’s idea because it wanted economic empowerment of the deprived sections.

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