If the YSR Congress party was elected to power, bauxite mining would be taken up in Visakha Agency endangering the lives of Girijans, their culture and environment, Union Minister for Tourism and Congress party’s publicity committee chairman K. Chiranjeevi said at Paderu on Thursday.

“Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy always says he is following the footsteps of his father. It was during the late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s regime that bauxite mining proposal was finalised and Mr. Jagan would go ahead with bauxite mining,” Mr. Chiranjeevi said at an election meeting.

Congress party has developed Visakha Agency and Union and State Ministers for tribal welfare V. Kishore Chandra Deo and P. Balaraju were responsible for its development under the Congress party rule, Mr. Chiranjeevi said while urging the people to elect them again.

Only the Congress could develop Seemandhra in all areas and with the possibility of Visakhapatnam becoming State capital the Visakha Agency too would be benefited. Visakha Agency has many tourist attractions and he would strive to develop them, he added.

Mr. Deo said he could get funds for the development of Agency while Mr. Balaraju listed the many development works he had initiated in the Agency.

‘Vote UPA for progress’

Former Minister C. Ramachandraiah, MLC G. Rudraraju and DCC president Satish Varma and others participated. Mr. Chiranjeevi reached Paderu from Bangalore by a helicopter to address the election meeting.

Srikakulam Staff Reporter adds: Addressing road shows, Mr. Chiranjeevi said that only UPA can ensure rapid progress for the residual Andhra Pradesh and help downtrodden sections to get more welfare schemes.

He conducted road shows in Ganallavanipeta, Srikurmam, Vatsavalasa, Mogadalapadu, Bandavravanipeta, Kalingapatnam and Gara of Srikakulam Assembly constituency. He urged to people to vote for Congress MP Candidate Killi Kruparani and Congress MLA candidate Chowdary Satish. He tried to attract fishermen community by explaining the development activities taken by Congress governments.