Minister for Information and Public Relations D.K. Aruna has decided to embark on a bus yatra in Mahabubnagar district to highlight the government’s welfare programmes and measures to strengthen the party for future elections.
Ms. Aruna told The Hindu on Wednesday that the yatra would be launched in the Mahabubnagar district headquarters on April 13. “We will rope in all the party legislators and seniors leaders. The idea is to cover all the 64 mandals in the district in two phases,” she said.
To begin with, the Minister along with the District Congress Committee president S. Jagadishwar Reddy and others would cover two constituencies everyday. “We will not only highlight government programmes but also interact with party workers in every constituency,” Ms. Aruna pointed out.
There are 14 Assembly constituencies and the Congress leaders plan to divide the yatra into two phases. The first phase would be for seven or eight days that would touch seven constituencies. Then after some gap, the second phase would be taken up.
The yatra coincides with the mass contact programme planned extensively by the government from April 5. From that day till April 14, the government would take up an awareness campaign in Dalit colonies and tribal habitations on the SC and ST Sub-Plan. Thereafter, the much publicised distribution of essential commodities at subsidised rates would be launched on April 11 to mark Ugadi. The Minister said that the main focus of the yatra was to publicise the good work done by the government on the welfare and development front. Asked whether Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy or PCC chief Botcha Satyanaryana would be invited to attend the programmes, Ms. Aruna said