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Naidu cycle gift for girls

Hyderabad, June 5: In 1999, it was the LPG cylinder. For 2003-04, it will be the light-blue bicycle.

If cooking gas cylinders to rural women did the trick four years ago, Andhra Pradesh chief minister . Chandrababu Naidu hopes free cycles to two lakh intermediate girl students will help him beat the Opposition campaign for another stint in power.

“The objective is to stop dropouts among girls and also increase their literacy levels,” the Telugu Desam Party chief said. “They may not be our immediate voters but they will carry the party message — both the emblem as well as the concept of women’s empowerment.”

The cycle, a clever ploy to remind voters of the Desam symbol, was part of a package of sops unveiled today.

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