‘I stand by what Anam said as every part of the statements he made is true’
Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president and Minister for Transport Botcha Satyanarayana on Saturday seconded the allegations made by his colleague Anam Ramnarayana Reddy in the State Cabinet against Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.
“I stand by what he said as every part of the statements he made is true,” said Botcha at a public meeting arranged as part of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy’s tour of the district to inaugurate ‘Indiramma Kalalu’ programme.
Continuing the tirade against Jaganmohan Reddy and his family, started off by Finance Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, Botcha Satyanarayana termed as ridiculous the statements allegedly made by Jagan’s mother Vijayamma and his sister Sharmila that the Home Minister, Sabitha Indra Reddy, also needed to be sent to jail. He said such statements were being made out of despair.
On the other hand, he argued that none of the Ministers in late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s Cabinet were involved in any cases of corruption and added that the Ministers would wage a legal battle and come out unblemished.
However, the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy did not venture to comment on the above issue during his speech keeping himself to the promotion of ‘Indiramma Kalalu’ scheme and the welfare schemes of the government while strongly supporting the decision of the upward revision of power tariff. Henceforth, Mr. Kiran said, there would be no misuse of funds allotted for SC/ST communities in the State and added that the SC/ST sub-plan showed the dedication of the Congress party and the government towards the betterment and development of the SC/ST community.
He accused the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its president N. Chandrababu Naidu of not being sensitive to the problems being faced by the SC/ST community and reasoned that neither the TDP nor Mr. Naidu bothered to advise the government in the making of the plan.
Accusing the media and the Opposition parties of creating unnecessary hype about proposed power tariff hike, he argued that only the affluent sections were being additionally charged while the poor were charged the same as before.
On the occasion, Mr. Kiran announced that a skill development centre would be set up at Madakasira mandal headquarters for training youth and two gurukuls would be established one each for the SC and the ST community in the district.
He also announced that Rs. 16 crore would be granted to address drinking water problems in the district adding that funds would not be a problem when it comes to providing drinking water to people.
The meeting was also attended by district in-charge Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, Revenue Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy and Primary Education Minister S. Sailajanath besides Anantapur MP Ananta Venkatrami Reddy and other Congress MLAs from the district including DCC president Madhusudan gupta.