‘Governments unmoved by the plight of farmers and people'

 CPI deputy general secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy on Saturday said TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy were daring each other to table a no-confidence motion in the Assembly only to further their political interests. It was a drama aimed at exposing each other in the context of the fluid political situation in the State, he said.

Addressing mediapersons here after attending CPI district secretary Muppalla Nageswara Rao's son's marriage here, Mr. Sudhakar Reddy said the State was going through troubled times due to various agitations. The government and the opposition parties seemed to have least interest in solving people's problems, he said.

For instance, farmers were not getting MSP for their produce and people were being put to severe hardship in the form of increase in price of petrol and skyrocketing prices of essential commodities. “But the governments, which are in deep slumber, are unmoved,” he said.

Lokpall bill

On the proposed Lokpal bill, Mr. Sudhakar Reddy said corruption cannot be eradicated completely overnight. It ought to have judicial powers to punish the guilty. Nevertheless, it was a good beginning to the anti–corruption movement. The governments should take concrete action against companies committing frauds such as routing international calls as local ones to avoid paying levies to telecom PSUs. The 2G spectrum scandal was another major thing on which the government should act swiftly and decisively, Mr. Sudhakar Reddy said. CPI State secretary K. Narayana said Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy should come clean on the slew of allegations of corruption made against his family. Mr. Chandrababu Naidu should stop “shedding crocodile tears” in the name of farmers' welfare. Elections to local bodies were likely to be delayed due to the controversy over reservations for the Backward Classes, he felt.

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