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WEST BENGAL-Of Jails and Communists

devout, more specifically the devout who do not owe allegiance to Rama Rao, who have raised the old theme of 'Caesar vs God' wondering if the government will not misuse TTD funds which in any case ought to be controlled by the TTD Board alone. The question when posed like this becomes confused in Andhra Pradesh where Caesar (Rama Rao) is for many a local incarnation of the God. Naturally, therefore, the Telugu Desam party has justified its action by asking rhetorically "Can Rama Rao deceive God?" The matter may have rested there if not for the fact that the new government has nominated to the TTD Board a TOP MLA who happens to be an active member of a Rationalist Association and whose devotion to God is suspect! ! In short, Rama Rao has been bogged down in the first few weeks in office in a financial muddle that in all fairness to him was not of his own making. Stuck with this deficit on the one hand and the need to redeem at least some of his promises to the electorate on the other, he is being forced into levying a stiff dose of taxation. It could not come now since he wants to be popular for some more time. Nevertheless it will have to come. Rama Rao's honeymoon would then be over.

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