ANDHRA PRADESH

BJYM to focus on youth issues

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: A State-level convention of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) slated for November 20 at Swaraj Maidan in the city would highlight problems of youth and the student community, said Himayathnagar MLA and BJP's floor leader in the Assembly G. Kishen Reddy here on Monday. The convention would coincide with silver jubilee anniversary celebrations of the BJP.

Addressing a press conference, Mr. Reddy said youth across the State were vexed with the Congress Government for "its failure to fulfil its election promises." Youth had voted in favour of the Congress with a hope that the party would solve the unemployment problem. "The Congress had promised to create 2.5 lakh job opportunities for unemployed youth in the State. Youngsters who worked with enthusiasm for the Congress victory in the elections feel cheated now," he alleged pointing out that filling of the SC, ST backlog vacancies was also being neglected.

Charge against YSR

Accusing the Chief Minister of resorting to double standards, the BJP leader said his stand on the issue of employment generation for youth was thoroughly exposed during his recent tele-conference with district Collectors. The meeting brought to the fore the bankers' reluctance to extend financial assistance to the district administrations for implementation of self-employment and other schemes.

Mr. Reddy said the Congress Government had also left the student community in a state of neglect. Scholarships continued to elude genuine beneficiaries.

Muslim quota

On the issue of reservations to Muslim minorities in educational institutions, he said the BJP had categorically stated that it was in favour of allocation of quota based on the economic status of the students. "The Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Government is whipping up communal passions by giving reservations on the basis of religion," he said.

Mr. Reddy said the BJYM convention, to be attended by the BJP's national leaders like Venkaiah Naidu, Pramod Mahajan, Bandaru Dattatreya and others, would adopt resolutions on problems related to youth and students.

Later, Mr. Reddy released a poster and a sticker on the proposed convention.

BJYM State president Pradeep Kumar, BJP's city unit president L.R.K Prasad, secretary Sri Ramasai and others were present.

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