Staff Reporter

Dattatreya completes his first phase of Telangana Sankalp Yatra in Karimnagar

Blames government for failing to supply adequate quantity of fertilizer

Alleges the crop loan waiver scheme not reaching majority of the farmers

KARIMNAGAR: Refuting the claims made by the State Government about the distribution of free power supply to the farmers, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) State president Bandaru Dattatreya has alleged that the government was unable to provide at least three to four hours of power supply to the farm sector.

In spite of heavy rains and inflows into all irrigation projects, the government had failed to provide the assured power supply to farm sector, he said and added that the government instead was resorting to erratic power supply in the rural and urban areas.

Speaking to newsmen after completing his first phase of Telangana Sankalp Yatra in Karimnagar town on Saturday, the BJP leader said that the standing crop was withering due to non-availability of power supply to the farmers. He also blamed the government for failing to supply adequate quantity of fertilizer during this khariff season.

He also alleged that the crop loan waiver scheme had not reached majority of the farmers.

Reiterating that there was prevalence of Telangana sentiment in the region, he claimed that they could educate the people that Telangana state would be reality only if BJP came to power at the Centre during the yatra. He said that they would contest from all the Assembly and Parliament seats in the State.

Indirectly referring to the reports about the possible alliances of TRS and Left parties, he said that the formation of an alliance would cause more harm to the Telangana.

The alliances forged during the 2004 elections had cost dearly for the Telangana, he said and added that the 2004 elections should not be repeated again.

Negative vote

Stating that there was negative vote against the State government, he said that the byelections in the Telangana region had benefited the Congress party with the division of votes for which TRS, TDP and Left parties were responsible. He also charged that there was no rural development during the Congress regime and the Rs. 2-a-kg-rice scheme would not benefit the Congress because of inflation.

Gadar’s role

Asked about the participation of balladeer Gadar during the BJP Sankalp yatra in Karimnagar district, the BJP state president said that it was a welcome sign and in the right direction for the Telangana statehood movement. He said that Gadar had expressed his solidarity for the BJP, which is firm on the formation of Telangana. BJP leaders Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, P Sugunakar Rao, Prathap Ramakrishna and others were also present.