ANDHRA PRADESH

Grand alliance is unholy, says Chief Minister

Sea of humanity: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy addressing a public meeting at Cherukupalli in Guntur district on Wednesday

Sea of humanity: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy addressing a public meeting at Cherukupalli in Guntur district on Wednesday   | Photo Credit: .- T. Vijaya Kumar

Staff Reporter

YSR promises old-age pension for members of Self Help Groups

NIZAMPATNAM/CHERUKUPALLI (GUNTUR DT): In a scathing attack on the grand alliance of Telugu Desam, Telangana Rashtra Samiti and Left combine, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said that they had compromised on their ideological positions and stitched an unholy alliance with the sole aim of dethroning the Congress-led government.

Addressing a slew of well-attended roadside meetings during the Rajiv Palle Bata and Nagara Bata programmes on Wednesday, Dr. Reddy announced that the government would soon launch a revolutionary old-age pension scheme for SHG women. A monthly pension varying from Rs. 500 to Rs. 2,700 would be given to women above 60 years automatically. The scheme would be inaugurated by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi next month.

“How can the TRS, which has been clamouring for a separate Telangana State, and the Left parties singing a ‘United State’ tune, come together? How can CPI(M), which labelled Chandrababu Naidu as a World Bank employee four years ago, now sing paeans to the same person?” he questioned during his tour of the coastal mandals Nizampatnam, Nagaram, Cherukupalli and Kuchipudi on the way to Tenali.

The Chief Minister sought to expose the ideological change in those parties. He asked the people to teach them a befitting lesson “as they crave only for power”.

Training his guns on Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi, Dr. Reddy said that he was an actor who “earned crores on the sweat-beads of his diehard fans” but had done nothing for his native place for the last 30 years. “How can people believe that he would work for the welfare of 8.5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh?”

The Chief Minister, on his arrival at Nizampatnam, received a tumultuous welcome from women who turned out in large numbers. People swarmed the narrow streets, lined up on rooftops, showered floral petals on the open-top van and lustily cheered every word spoken by Dr. Reddy.

Terming Minister for Ports and Infrastructure Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao as his brother, he urged the people to vote Congress back to power. Ministers Kanna Lakshminarayana, Kasu Krishna Reddy, MLAs and district officials were present.

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