PEDAL PUSH­ERS

India Today - - UPFRONT -

The Sa­ma­jwadi Party’s cy­cle sym­bol may have taken a beat­ing in Ut­tar Pradesh, but it is do­ing well down south. Andhra Pradesh chief min­is­ter N. Chan­drababu Naidu, whose Tel­ugu De­sam Party also uses the sym­bol, plans to dis­trib­ute 182,000 cy­cles to Class 9 girls in govern­ment schools, a move that will cost the state Rs 75 crore. The po­lit­i­cal re­turns, how­ever, will be far greater, he reck­ons.

Il­lus­tra­tion by ANIRBAN GHOSH

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