Staff Reporter

Erstwhile NDA regime blamed for ‘deterioration’ of the situation

TRS has no support of the common man, he says

Bandh calls disrupting normal life

VIJAYAWADA: Former MLA and Congress leader Adusumilli Jayaprakash on Wednesday came down heavily on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for its attempts to revive ‘Jai Andhra’ movement at this crucial juncture when almost the entire State was chanting the ‘Samaikhyandra’ mantra.

“During the NDA regime, the Congress Working Committee had demanded constitution of second SRC, which was turned down by the latter.

Had the BJP-led Government taken adequate steps to meet the Congress demand then, the political situation in the State would not have deteriorated to this extent today,” he said adding: “BJP must also think of the cascading effects. If a separate Andhra is cared out, will Rayalaseema remain intact and where will be the capital of the new State?” he said pointing to the several issues that will have to be answered before talking about bifurcation of the State.

Mr. Jayaprakash also took strong exception to senior Congress leader Vasantha Nageswara Rao ‘cosying up’ with party leader V. Hanumantha Rao over a luncheon meeting reminding that the latter had opposed party MP Lagadapati Rajagopal’s shifting to the NIMS for treatment while he was fasting.

Referring to TRS leader Harish Rao’s challenge to the Congress party to prove prevalence of ‘Samaikyavaadam’ sentiment in the Telanaga region, Mr. Jayaprakash said the abysmal performance of TRS in the series of elections was ample evidence of the fact that the party did not enjoy the support of the common man.

Stating that the series of bandh calls given by the TRS was disrupting life of the common man, the Congress leader alleged that the campus of Osmania University had turned into a breeding ground for anti-social elements.

He also churned out statistics of development in various sectors like agricultural products, irrigation, industrial development, per capita income and plan expenditure to drive his point home that Telangana had not been neglected in any of these areas.

He demanded that the ‘separatist’ forces spell out a valid reason for their demand and said that the Congress was ready to discuss any issue at any given point of time.