Chief Minister criticises parties for ‘unholy alliances’ and for obstructing development
Lists out the government’s achievements
Cautions people against promises made by TD, others
SRIKAKULAM: A fortnight after Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi hit the road; Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy took Harishchandrapuram, Narasannapet and Srikakulam Assembly segments by storm during his whirlwind tour on Sunday.
He virtually launched his party’s election campaign from this key North Coastal Andhra district by launching a trenchant attack on the opposition, including the newly launched PR, for ‘forging unholy alliances and for obstructing the development of the State’.
Travelling on the same route that the actor had taken earlier this month, the Chief Minister laced his brief speeches with highlights of his government’s achievements and then putting the ball in the people’s court to decide whether or not the Congress deserved a second chance.
He cautioned people against falling prey to the promises being made by the TDP and others.
The Congress had planned the road show in an attempt to neutralize the impact of Chiranjeevi’s tour.
Thousands of people including a large number of women lined the 30 km long stretch from Kotabommali from where Dr. Reddy began his road show covering Narasannapet, Komarthi, Madapam, Bhyri Junction, Singupuram, Peddapadu and Ramalakshmana Junction before entering this town at Arsavalli temple.
A sore point in the show was a demonstration staged by representatives of striking teachers who flashed placards seeking the Chief Minister’s intervention for ending their agitation.
Speaking from atop his specially-designed bus, Dr. Reddy ridiculed what he called “the desperate attempts” of the opposition parties to defeat the Congress by stooping and striking bargains for sharing power thereafter. “Will such an arrangement help in development of the State?” he asked.
He charged TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu of attempting to dilute every programme his government had introduced.
“Did the TDP government ever think of introducing health insurance for the rural poor or introduce ‘108’ ambulance services, for the needy people?” he asked.
The crowds lustily cheered him when he mimicked the sound of the siren of an approaching 108 ambulance.
Dr. Reddy travelled along with Ministers Dharmana Prasada Rao and Botcha Satyanarayana.
Traffic on NH-5 hit
Traffic on the arterial NH-5 connecting Visakhapatnam to Kolkata was badly disrupted as people flocked to catch a glimpse of the Chief Minister.