Correspondent

TDP threatens to launch an agitation

  • No new project figured in the railway budget
  • Municipal elections results a reflection of people's mind

    Kakinada: Floor leader of the Telugu Desam Party in the Zilla Parishad Thota Naveen has accused Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy of forgetting his promises during his padayatra in the district on modernisation of Yeleru project ayacut.

    At a press conference here on Friday, he recalled how he took part in the 39-km-long padayatra across the Prattipadu constituency along with Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy prior to elections and the assurances given to farmers on both free power to them and also modernisation of Yeleru ayacut.

    False promises

    Later during his visit as the Chief Minister, he said, Dr. Reddy had announced Rs.35 crores for Yeleru modernisation, which failed to materialise even after two years. Naveen has regretted that the Chief Minister once again announced Rs.60 crores for Yeleru modernisation during his visit to Kakinada last month but failed to earmark the funds in the budget. Making it clear that the ryots of Yeleru ayacut were restive and in no mood to hear the false promises, Naveen has asked the Congress MLAs to have self-introspection on their failure in safeguarding the interests of Yeleru ayacut ryots. He has threatened to launch an agitation, if the government failed to allocate adequate funds for Yeleru modernisation at least in the supplementary budget.

    Free power

    The TDP leader also blamed the Congress MPs from the State, more so the Union Minister of State for Defence M.M. Pallamraju for not fulfilling his promise regarding linking of Kakinada to the railway mainline, he said and added that except the doubling of Kakinada-Samalkot railway line, no other new project has figured the Railway budget. Recalling the promises made by Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy to the ryots during his padayatra, Naveen said that the free power to ryots proved to be a mockery as it was limited to small ryots having less than two and half acres wet and five acres dry land.

    He said it was an open fact that smaller ryots could not afford to sink a bore well for irrigating his small land holding.

    Even the much talked about relief to ryots by waiver of cooperative loans, he said, except little relief on interest no final settlement was made even after two and half years. He said the people were disenchanted with the Congress rule and the recent Municipal elections results would speak volumes about the peoples mind. Gokati Rambabu TDP secretary also attended.