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TDP, YSRCP trade charges on sand policy

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Opposition party calls for protests across Anantapur district

Leaders of the Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress Party have traded charges on the implementation of the new sand policy in Anantapur district with the Opposition party giving a call for protests in all Assembly constituencies and the YSRCP leaders calling the move political opportunism.

TDP district president B.K. Parthasarathy alleged that sand was not available to the common man and that it was being illegally smuggled to Karnataka. While the TDP leaders including former Ministers, MLAs and local leaders have decided to participate in various kinds of protests, rallies and an indefinite fast, the YSRCP Anantapur Parliamentary Constituency president H. Nadeem Ahmed termed the proposed activities as rank opportunism for political mileage.

“The Telugu Desam Party president N. Chandrababu Naidu had given a free hand to all its MLAs and Ministers with regard to sand mining and they had made a lot of money,” alleged Mr. Nadeem. Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, on the contrary, was not allowing the MLAs and Ministers to involve in this activity and running it with utmost transparency, he said.

Current scarcity of sand was on account of lack of availability due to rains, which brought a lot of water into all streams and rivers not allowing excavation. The situation would ease within the next 15 days, he opined.

With heavy rains, the highest in 10 years, pouring in the catchment areas of the streams and rivers, new sand deposits would be formed and availability would not be a problem at all. Planting trees and allowing the sand layer to remain in the rivers was also essential for the rains to come and groundwater table to improve, he said.

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