Praja Rajyam Party president K. Chiranjeevi felt that the turn of events, particularly the attacks on the judiciary is a sign of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state. He wondered whether the law and order situation was under control at all.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Chiranjeevi, who entered the district from Srikakulam as part of ‘Praja Chaitanya Yatra' on Thursday evening, said that the government should have taken steps and addressed grievances of the advocates. This would help the government erase the feeling of insecurity among people.

Welcoming the lease cancellation of mining bauxite in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts by the Union Ministry of Mines, the PRP leader asked the government to cancel licences of Jindal and Ras-al- Khaimah.

He took a dig at TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu for inviting Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, to campaign against illegal mining and wanted to know whether Mr. Naidu had lost confidence in himself fighting on the issue. He reiterated his demand for the nationalisation of mines.

On fertilizers, Mr. Chiranjeevi said that the negligence of government machinery was the reason for the diversion of fertilizers to mixing plants and asked why the government was hesitating to take action against the influential persons? He said that corruption had reached its peak during the lat six years of Congress rule and the scams were gradually surfacing each day.

The government would lose the confidence of the people if no action was taken against the culprits, he said. To a question, Mr. Chiranjeevi said that he was not opposed to power plants but they must be established without affecting the livelihood of the poor.

Later, at the party meeting at Ananda Gajapathi auditorium, he said that the party lost Assembly elections due to improper set up and called upon cadres to strengthen the party from the grass-root level for the impending local body elections.

He said that his yatra in the district had begun on a positive note and people received him with affection.

The party leaders K. Vidyadhara Rao, C. Ramachandraiah , Meesala Gita and others were present.

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