‘Nalgonda declaration’ proposed with stress on provision of safe drinking water to fluoride-affected villages

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday announced his decision to extend his ‘Vastunna meekosam’ padayatra after completing a five-day walkathon in this constituency, covering about 52 km in Kodad and Chilkur mandals. He completed his yatra and moved on to Krishna district via Garikapadu after crossing the Paleru bridge.

Addressing the party’s district committee meeting before crossing over to neighbouring district, Mr. Naidu expressed happiness that he was able to complete the yatra in Kodad (‘chala utsahanga chesamu’) despite having route adjustment problems. He praised the district TDP leaders for ensuring good public response, which was prevailing in all the 12 Assembly constituencies in the district.

The TDP chief mooted ‘Nalgonda declaration’, with stress on provision of safe drinking water to all fluoride-affected villages, completion of all pending irrigation/lift schemes, besides checking the sale of girl child, particularly in Girijan thandas.

Focal points

He said the party would focus its attention on removal of poverty, improving M. G. University, completing NIMS at Bibinagar, protecting interests of artisans, developing industrial zones/corridors abutting the national highway, providing better storage facilities for sweet lime farmers, encouraging dairy and poultry and agri-based industries, including cotton and maize.

He advised the in-charges of the Assembly constituencies and MLAs to undertake padayatras for 30-40 days visiting each house in villages to know problems of the people. He pointed out the people in general faced uniform problems such as power/water shortage and price rise.

Mr. Naidu advised partymen to ensure that the TDP bagged all District Cooperatice Central Bank (DCCB) posts and did well in the cooperative elections.

He accused the ruling party of enrolling ‘bogus’ cooperative members, with a motive to win the ensuing elections at any cost.

Meanwhile, Nandamuri Harikrishna, MP, who called on the party chief at Nallabandagudam, said the party had already made public its stand on Telangana. He expressed confidence that the Centre’s decision on the statehood issue would reflect the people’s opinion.

C.M. Ramesh, MP, legislators Erraballi Dayakar Rao, A. Revanth Reddy, Thummala Nageswara Rao, Nannapaneni Rajakumari and party general secretary Varla Ramaiah were among those who met Mr. Naidu during the yatra.