Andhra Pradesh

Rival protest by YSRCP at Atmakuru not justified: CPI

CPI State secretary K. Ramakrishna addressing the media in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

CPI State secretary K. Ramakrishna addressing the media in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.  

‘CM should have taken the initiative to settle the issue’

It is not justified for the ruling YSRCP to call for rival protests at Atmakuru after the Opposition TDP has announced its plans, CPI State secretary K. Ramakrishna has said.

Addressing the media here on Wednesday. Mr. Ramakrishna said the Chief Minister should have taken the initiative and put an end to the issue soon after the Leader of the Opposition announced his plans to lead a protest against the alleged reprisal attacks on the TDP activists.

The Opposition had the moral right to bring pressure on the government and to protest in different forms, he said, adding those in power could not indulge in counter-attacks because of alleged happenings in the past.

Dig at police

The police should have acted by assuring protection to the Opposition activists in the Palnadu area, he said.

While welcoming the decisions taken by the YSRCP government on its electoral promises, Mr. Ramakrishna said there appeared to be confusion over the Polavaram project, Amaravati, Anna Canteens and availability of sand.

The “unilateral decision” to go for reverse tendering for the Polavaram project in spite of the project authority’s advice against it might lead to delay in the completion of the project, he said.

Drought in Seema

Parts of Rayalaseema still reeled under drought even as the Krishna and the Godavari were in spate, he said, demanding steps to mitigate drought.

He said the CMs of A.P. and Telangana could not take a decision on their own on linking the Godavari and the Krishna, and demanded that a consultation process be carried out with all the parties, technical experts and other sections concerned.

Mr. Ramakrishna opposed the decision to merge Andhra Bank with Union Bank stating that the identity of the bank founded by Pattabhi Sitaramayya would be lost. All banks were being headquartered in Mumbai to centralise decisions, he said. An all-party rally would be take out in Vijayawada on September 28 to press for a rethink on the issue, he added.

With dismal growth in the first quarter of the year, rising rural and urban unemployment and agrarian crisis, the Modi government had nothing to celebrate in the first 100 days of its second term, he said.

Party State Secretariat member Obulesu and State assistant secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy were present.

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