ANDHRA PRADESH

CPI(M) asks YSR to honour poll promises

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: The city unit of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has found fault with the State Government for its "failure" to implement the poll-eve promises.

"The Chief Minister, Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy, has promised 40 lakh pucca houses for the poor. One year is sufficient to fulfil the promises he made on the eve of elections. We strongly resent the inordinate delay and demand that the poor be given their due share of justice," said the party secretary, Ch. Baburao, here on Saturday.

Addressing a massive gathering of party leaders and workers at the Vijayawada urban Mandal Revenue Office, where the party organised a 36-hour picketing that commenced at 9 a.m. on Friday, Mr. Baburao warned that any attempts to brush aside their demands might force them to intensify the stir.

"We will not hesitate to occupy endowment lands and hoist the party flag there, if the Government continues to ignore the problem," he said pointing out that the agitation was aimed at bringing pressure on the Government for allocation of house sites, pattas and ration cards to the eligible poor.

Terming the protest a "grand success," Mr. Baburao said for the first time in Vijayawada, a protest of this scale was organised. "The Government should realise the seriousness of the problem and initiate immediate steps," he reiterated.

Mr. Baburao said a party delegation would meet the Chief Minister, who was scheduled to arrive at the helipad in the Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium at 8.30 a.m. on Sunday. "We expect the Chief Minister not to prolong the issue any further by making more promises," he added.

The road in front of the MRO's office turned into a virtual camp with a large number of party workers and sympathizers, including women and children, taking active part in the protest. The protesters chose to stay put even during the night. Notwithstanding the intensity of the heat in the last couple of days, the demonstrators remained unfazed.

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