Telugu Desam raps tardy relief measures

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`YSR, colleagues more worried about Congress' prospects in panchayat polls'

  • Government in slumber, say TDP leaders
  • Demand for Army's services in operations
  • Raghuveera Reddy's comment draws flak

    HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam Party on Monday charged the Government with failure in taking adequate precautionary measures in saving lives and properties of people in the floods, though it had advance information of heavy rain from the weather office.

    Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy and his Cabinet colleagues were more worried about the Congress party's prospects in the panchayat elections than the impact of heavy rain and floods on people, TDP leaders K. Vidyadhara Rao, Pocharam Srinivas Reddy and Nannapaneni Rajakumari said at a press conference here.

    "The Government was in slumber and clearly lacked foresight to tackle the impending disaster".

    None of the time-tested precautions like shifting people from vulnerable areas to safer places and keeping sand bags ready to close possible breaches were taken resulting in large-scale loss of lives and houses.

    "At least now, the Government should not stand on prestige and call out Army for rescue and relief operations".

    The situation was such that the helicopter could not take off as there was no fuel while boats could not be deployed for lack of diesel. Gates on Godavari barrage could not be opened on time.

    They took exception to the Agriculture Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy's comment that there was no crop damage and that nothing would happen to the crop as the floodwater was receding.

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