YSR Congress honorary president, Y.S. Vijayamma on Wednesday called upon party leaders and cadre to be battle-ready for polls to the local bodies to be held soon and Assembly elections later.
Addressing a broad-based meeting of the party activists, she told them to work hard in the elections to Panchayats and other local bodies. The ruling dispensation had postponed the polls all these days due to fear of facing defeat. Terming the just-concluded cooperative polls as bogus, she alleged that lakhs of voters were enrolled overnight.
Ms. Vijayamma announced that she would soon undertake a tour of all the districts and review party affairs with leaders and workers in every constituency. In March second or third week, training programme would be organised here for leaders from various districts. Similar activities would also be held in the districts.
Calling for strengthening the party from the grass-roots, she told them to create confidence that YSRC was a pro-poor and pro-people’s party. She also asked them not to neglect membership drive. “ We should not neglect it, we seemed to have forgotten it”, she observed.
Launching a scathing attack on TDP president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, she ridiculed his promise to waive farmers’ loans if TDP returned power saying that he had never bothered when his party was in power. She had already written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging the Centre to waive loans of farmers and rural artisans. She also planned to lead a delegation of party leaders to Dr. Singh and an appointment was being sought, she added.
Accusing Mr. Naidu of making baseless allegations on Sharmila and her husband, Anil Kumar, Ms. Vijayamma said it was being contemplated to file a defamation suit against him.
Earlier, suspended TDP MLA from Ichchapuram, Sairaj joined the party in the presence of Ms. Vijayamma.