Staff Reporter

KADAPA: The State Government failed miserably in containing rising prices of essential commodities due to its collusion with middlemen who are resorting to blackmarketing, Telugu Desam Party leaders alleged on Friday.

Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy lacked control on the administration and hence officials were acting at will, Rajya Sabha member C. Ramachandraiah alleged. Steep price rise of essential commodities and vegetables burdened the common man, lack of remunerative prices affected farmers and beneficiaries of several schemes were Congressmen, he alleged.

The Chief Minister was more interested in sanctioning industries to those favourably pitted towards him and planning establishment of newspapers and television channels, but lacked sincerity in resolving problems of common man and poorer sections, the MP alleged. He called upon the TDP cadre to gear up to wage agitations in the next two years against the Government’s maladministration and lapses.

The Government’s prime concern was to grant concessions to steel and cement factories and it was neglecting farmers and poorer sections, district TDP president and former MLA S. Raghurami Reddy alleged. “Please industrialists and neglect ryots” was the Government’s motto, he said.

Steps to check hoarding, curbing blackmarketing by middlemen and curbing LPG shortage were needed, he said. People would revolt and end the Congress rule, he warned. Referring to onion sale in rythu bazaars, he alleged that stock rejected elsewhere was being sold in the name of subsidy.

Former Minister P. Ramasubba Reddy called for agitations from the village-level against the Government’s apathy towards the poor.

Several Government decisions were going against the interests of poorer sections and essential commodities were not within their reach, he alleged.