The party said that the Chief Minister’s stay at Ambedkar Bhavan was aimed at deceiving the poor and Dalits

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) urban unit took a dig at Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s proposed stay during his visit to the city on Thursday. The party said that the Chief Minister’s stay at Ambedkar Bhavan was aimed at deceiving the poor and Dalits.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, TDP urban general secretary Songa Ravindra Varma said more than 20,000 Dalit families were living in the city for last nine decades. The government issued pattas to them, however, none of the pattas was registered till date.

The Congress during 2004 elections had promised that the registration of all pattas would be taken up immediately after it came to power. It, however, failed to keep its promise, he alleged.

The Telugu Desam government had constructed the Dr. Ambedkar Study Circle by spending more than Rs.1 crore for the benefit of unemployed Dalits. The Congress government had not released a single paise to the Study Circle. Eventually, it was closed down. At this juncture, the Chief Minister’s stay at the Ambedkar Bhavan was aimed at hoodwinking the Dalits and the poor, he felt.

The Dalits were requested to welcome the Chief Minister with black flags to register their protest against the injustice being meted out to them by the government, he said. TDP urban secretary Yerneni Veda Vyas, vice-president Ummadi Srinivas Yadav, and urban BC cell president Masimukku Srinivas Yadav were among those present.

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