CM ridicules Chiru, vents ire on TD rule
Fri 12 Sep 2008 Source-Deccan Chronicle.
Anantapur Sept. 11: The Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy, on Thursday ridiculed Chiranjeevi’s foray into politics. “Some cinema people are entering politics and seeking votes,” said the Chief Minister while addressing a public rally. “Getting votes is not like acting. Politics is not a cinema.” The Chief Minister said that the Congress was ready to take on any party in the polls under the leadership of Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh. Dr Reddy and the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee president, Mr D. Srinivas, also lashed out at the Telugu Desam.
The Chief Minister said that the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme of the Centre paid money directly to beneficiaries while earlier, the Telugu Desam’s “bandicoots” and contractors “ate away” rice sent by Centre. “We do not have bandicoots or contractors in the NREGS,” he said. Dr Reddy said that this is not the first time that Mrs Gandhi had visited the region. She had come here to extend help the kin of 200 farmers who had committed suicide during the TD regime, he said. While Mrs Gandhi chose to touch upon general issues in her speech, the Chief Minister and Mr Srinivas singled out the TD and Chiranjeevi for attack.
There was a slight drizzle at the venue of the rally and Mr Srinivas said that it was the blessings of Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi which brought rains to the drought-prone zone. More than four lakh people gathered to hear the leaders and all the roads leading to the venue, 3 km from Anantapur town, were jampacked with vehicles. After noticing hundreds of women with infants in their arms, Mrs Gandhi alerted the Chief Minister, who in turn asked the police not to create hardship for them.
Sat 13 Sep 2008 Source-Thehindu.
NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy crossed swords with film actor Chiranjeevi by stating that public life was not a smooth sail and one should have the vision and capacity to think even out of the box.
Without naming the Praja Rajyam president, Dr. Reddy reiterated that film acting could not be compared with political life. “It is born out of struggle. A politician should be able to appreciate people’s problems, empathise with them and have competence and courage to work out and implement polices that will benefit the masses.”
Dr. Reddy, who was reacting to Praja Rajyam’s charge that State Congress leaders were “acting” in the garb of implementing development works, told mediapersons here on Saturday that those in public life should have compassion to the people’s woes. “And sometimes politicians would have to be statesmen.”
He said he never tried to belittle the films or film actors nor named anyone. There were film actors in Congress also, he pointed out.
On TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu’s charge that the State government was forcing self-help group women to take loans and making them indebted, he said: “I pity Mr. Naidu as he has no clue of what he is talking about.”
Dr. Reddy reeled out statistics on the success of women SHGs and said the total loan given to such groups in 2004-05 was Rs. 1,100 crore; and Rs. 6,500 crore in 2007-08. Banks had plans to provide loans up to Rs. 11,000 crore in 2008-09.
To a question, the Chief Minister said the government was able to solve the naxal problem, which was very serious in the State, when he assumed office, through social-economic approach and administrative action.
Bonus for paddy
Dr. Reddy urged Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to announce bonus for paddy, over and above the minimum support price of Rs.850 per quintal, which has been pending with the Centre for quite some time.