Victims pour out their woes during his visit to the affected areas in West Godavari
YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has strongly criticised the Congress government for what he called its ‘miserable’ failure in coming to the aid of the cyclone victims. “Two worst cyclones -- Phailin and Helen --struck the people one after the other in a short span leaving a trail of destruction in the coastal region. There are no signs of commencing enumeration work at least for damage assessment, leave alone extension of relief measures to the victims,” Mr. Reddy said while addressing a gathering in a farm field at Modi under this mandal headquarters in West Godavari district on Wednesday.
He highlighted the need for waiver of farm loans in the areas ravaged by the cyclones. “If the present ruling establishment fails to waive the loans, wait for four months and we will have our government in the State by that time to do justice to all of you (cyclone victims),” he said while exuding confidence to win the coming election. It was highly deplorable that the government was not even bothered to give at least a kg of rice and a litre of kerosene to the victims anywhere in the affected areas, he commented while wondering if there was any governance under the Congress dispensation in the State at all.
One-to-one interaction with the people in Narsapur and Mogaltur mandals occupied the centre stage during his visit with a little focus on lengthy public speeches spiced with politics. The YSRC leader chose to keep himself away from the media glare.
Barring an OB van of his own TV channel, which was allowed to move on in convoy close to his vehicle, the other media personnel were hardly moving around during the trip. He almost left no household untouched on the road margins.
Lending a patient hearing to the victims who poured out their cyclone-induced cup of woes, he gently caresses the cheeks of the young and the old, plants a kiss on the foreheads of schoolchildren even as his security personal threw a security ring around him.
Picture of contrast
On the other hand, the visit of TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu in the same cyclone-affected areas in the previous day, however, provided a picture of contrast. Mr. Naidu turned every street gathering, big or small, into his audiences with the spicy speeches which touched almost every issue ranging from the cyclone to the elections. When Mr. Naidu used his choicest epithets such as ‘jailu pakshi’ and ‘avineeti chakravarthy’ (emperor of corruption) to hit out at Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy, the YSRC leader, however, appeared to have stayed calm without hitting his rival back.