Andhra Pradesh

Jagan targets Gouthu family

YSRCP president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy during his padayatra at Palasa on Sunday.

YSRCP president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy during his padayatra at Palasa on Sunday.   | Photo Credit: HAND OUT

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Accuses it of levying ‘special tax’ on cashew traders at Palasa

YSR Congress Party president Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday alleged that the family of Palasa MLA Gouthu Syam Sunder Sivaji, his son-in-law Venkanna Chowdary in particular, was collecting “special tax” from the cashew traders and others in Palasa and Kasibugga.

Addressing a public meeting at Palasa, the seat of cashew industry in the district, as part of his Praja Sankalpa Yatra, Mr. Reddy accused Mr. Chowdary of taking bribes from those seeking favours in the government and jobs. He appealed to the people to teach the “corrupt” TDP government a fitting lesson in the elections.

Titli compensation

Referring to the cyclone Titli, Mr. Reddy charged the government with failing to provide relief to the victims in Palasa and the Uddanam region.

“The government gave wide publicity for the relief it claimed to have extended to the affected people. But in reality, nothing has been done to provide succour to the people,” he alleged.

“Rubbing salt into the wound, the cheques distributed to the victims are not being accepted by the banks,” Mr. Reddy alleged.

Stating that the YSRCP, if elected to power, would reach out to the victims, he said, “We will enhance the compensation being paid per coconut tree to ₹3,000 from ₹1,500. Similarly, ₹50,000 will be paid per hectare to the cashew growers instead of ₹30,000 now.”

“We will also build new houses to all the cyclone victims soon after coming to power,” Mr. Reddy said.

‘Hype over CKD’

Referring to the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) prevalent in the Uddanam region, he accused both Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena Party president Pawan Kalyan of creating a hype over the relief extended to the patients. “The YSRCP, after assuming power, will construct a modern hospital and research centre in the Uddanam region to provide relief to the patients. Drinking water will be supplied to all the villages in the Uddanam region,” Mr. Reddy said. Alleging that welfare schemes were not reaching the targeted sections, he said farmers and fishermen were suffering because of the poor governance of the government. Mr. Reddy said the government failed to complete Polavaram though it was the lifeline for the State.

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