Staff Reporter

Party goes to town about sops like free power, interest waiver on farm loans

NELLORE: After coming out with sops for weaker sections and farmers in a desperate bid to woo the electorate in the midst of snap poll speculations, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has gone further with its senior leader and deputy leader of TD Legislature Party Yanamala Ramakrishnudu percolating the party’s decisions among the rural public.

Discussions held

As part of his tour to Nellore for TDP’s Palle Palleku programme at several villages of Vidavalur mandal, the senior TDP leader on Saturday dwelt at length on waiver of cooperative farm loan arrears and nine-hour uninterrupted quality power supply to farmers. At the same time, he tried to paint a picture that the TDP’s decision to include both the schemes in its election manifesto was not a sudden one. “The party discussed many a time in the last three years and finally decided to include in the manifesto.”

When asked to explain the reasons for making such an announcements by the TDP at this juncture, he claimed at a press conference that the TDP had not opposed free power scheme but wanted it to be deferred till the reforms came to fruition. And we promised to waive off interest rates on loans taken by farmers from co-operative banks for the welfare of poor.

Foreign investment

Taking exception to the ruling Congress’ claim that investments from different quarters have been pouring in, he claimed that the State Government was able to attract only Rs. 127 crore worth Foreign Direct Investment. “So is not the case with the TDP as it could attract Rs. 4,200 crore FDI in its nine-year regime.” He alleged that the Congress had failed on all fronts and cited the survey findings of a popular English weekly.

Senior TDP leader and TDP district president Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy was also present.