Former Kadapa MP Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's four-day ‘Harita Yatra' ended here on Thursday with a massive rally. Addressing the rally, attended by 15 MLAs, a couple of MPs - Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy and Sabbam Hari, two MLCs and the West Godavari Zilla Parishad chairman Meka Seshu Babu, Mr. Jagan trained guns on the ruling Congress for its alleged indifference towards the Indirasagar Project.
The rally was chaired by local Congress MLA Tellam Balaraju. Mudunuri Prasada Raju (Narsapur), Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas (Eluru), besides Mr. Balaraju from West Godavari district were among the ruling party MLAs who took part in the rally.
“I will not rest till the dream (Indirasagar) of my father (YSR) is completed. I will continue to build pressure on the State and the Central governments by organising protests,” he declared amid cheers.
Mr. Jagan said the project had become ‘nobody's baby' after YSR's death. The successive Chief Ministers in the State had left the fate of the project to the mercy of the UPA regime at the Centre, he added.
As a result, the project cost kept escalating manifold since the laying of foundation stone by Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy from Rs 7,500 crore to Rs 16,000-odd crore till date allegedly because of the lack of commitment on the part of governments for its execution in a stipulated time-frame, he said.
The former MP alleged that the Congress leadership was engaged in a high political drama by pitting its public representatives from the Telangana region against their counterparts in the Andhra region.
He expressed his serious anguish over his failure to secure an audience from Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for redressal of major grievances pertaining to the State such as the pending irrigation projects and the farm issues. “It's nothing but hurting the pride of the Andhra people,” he said.
Mr. Jagan demanded that the State government immediately call for tenders and resume the project execution without depending on the Centre.