TDP chief takes to the streets accusing the government of failing to provide basic amenities
After a long interlude, former Chief Minister and TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday took to the streets in the city and lambasted the government for the deteriorating infrastructure and delays in projects.
Mr. Naidu who started his visit from Moosapet and concluded it near Hitec City MMTS station took a dig at the administration’s failure in completing the Road over Bridge (RoB) on the spinal road even after six years.
“The project has dragged on for years while people suffer everyday. We have lost patience. We are giving an ultimatum and want the work to be finished within two months,” he told a well-attended public meeting near the railway station.
Some TDP workers have been on a relay hunger strike for the last six days demanding speedy completion of the RoB and it ended on Saturday with Mr. Naidu’s visit to their camp. The former Chief Minister said if the project was not ready within two months, an intensified agitation would be launched. In his speeches during the visit, Mr. Naidu charged the government with failing to address the basic amenities in the city that resulted in badly damaged roads, overflowing sewage and road blocks causing long traffic jams. “Governance has gone into a slumber and we have to fight to wake up the government,” he quipped. Instead of development and progress, the government has ushered in corruption, rowdyism and lawlessness, he said. Earlier, Mr. Naidu addressed another meeting at Rajiv Gandhi Nagar in Moosapet where some residents were issued eviction notices by the civic administration.
He assured the residents of his support in their fight to save their homes and promised to lead an agitation against the government and the municipal authorities. “This issue of poor people must be sorted out before the month of Ramzan ends or we will target the municipal authorities,” he said.
Bringing the traffic to a grinding halt on a busy Kukatpally road, Mr. Naidu also addressed students who waited for him in the heavy downpour. Taking up the issue of fee reimbursement, he said the government continued to fumble on the matter leaving scores of students in a dilemma about their studies.