Staff Reporter

He vows to lend support to farmers on the issue

DURGI (GUNTUR DT): Continuing his tirade against the State Government for its inept handling of the fertilizer crisis, Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday threatened the State Government of a direct action by the TDP workers by storming fertiliser godowns all over the State if effective measures for distribution were not taken within 10 days. Addressing a series of well-attended meetings in Guntur district atop his vehicle en route Darsi in Prakasam district, Mr. Naidu flayed the Government for complete mis-management of the fertilizer allotment and distribution. ``Why should the fertilizers meant to be distributed in the fields are being kept in the houses of Congressmen?” he questioned.

He reminded the farmers and enthusiastic party men, who stood on the road side, that never in the nine-year rule of the TDP the farmers were put to inconvenience over the fertilizer allotment. He vowed to continue to lend party support to farmers on this issue and promised that the TDP, if voted back to power would waive off all farm loans. The TDP supremo fired salvos against Agricultural Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy and said the Minister had been wasting crores of rupees in the name of ‘Megha Madanam’ when the State has been witnessing widespread rainfall. He also trained his guns against the State Government for converting ‘Jala Yagnam’ into a ‘Dhana Yagnam.’

Fight against graft

Calling upon the youth to take cudgels against rampant corruption in the administrative machinery, Mr. Naidu said that youth would become a vital part in the party’s fight against corruption. Earlier, Mr. Naidu, who drove from Hyderabad, was accorded a rapturous welcome in the morning at Nagarjuna Sagar. Enthusiastic leaders and workers followed his convoy through Macherla, Darsi, Nakerekallu right up to Puttavaripalem on the Addanki Road in Prakasam district.

The leaders were, however, disappointed with Mr. Naidu not spending much time in the villages. Even proposals made by district party leaders to visit some fertilizer godowns were turned down by Mr. Naidu, who was keen on reaching Darsi on time. Some of the senior leaders, including former ministers, openly gave vent to their frustration after being denied a chance to interact with Mr. Naidu, who was seen closeted with former minister Kodela Siva Prasada Rao and district unit president P. Pulla Rao throughout his journey.