Congress will wrest Kuppam: YSR
Says Praja Rajyam has minimal impact in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has reportedly claimed that the Congress would wrest Kuppam Assembly seat in Chittoor district represented by TDP president N. Chandrababu Babu.
Dr. Reddy is said to have made this assertion at a Cabinet meeting here on Wednesday after Minister for Medical Education Galla Aruna referred to the observations of some intellectuals that the Congress was poised to come back to power. The Chief Minister said there was no anti-establishment mood and added that party was comfortably placed in districts like Karimnagar and Nalgonda. It was sure to win even in Kuppam as the ground reality was changing fast.
Advising Ministers to gear up for the general elections in April, he informed them that the vote-on-account budget for 2008-09 would be presented in the Legislature in the first week of February so that the party could get into election mode.
When a Minister expressed concern over the impact of Praja Rajyam, Dr. Reddy is believed to have pointed out that there was minimal impact of the new party in Vizianagaram and Srikakulam, where it was expected to put up good show. The Cabinet also discussed the fallout of the Mumbai terror attack on the Congress party’s prospects.
The Chief Minister asked the leaders to concentrate on their constituencies. On the padayatra being taken out by Minister N. Raghuveera Reddy, he suggested that leaders should also organise inauguration or foundation laying ceremony of some schemes.
Pulichintala: YSR increases ex gratia
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has enhanced the ex gratia amount from Rs.75,000 to Rs.1 lakh to be paid to those enjoying endowment lands in the villages that will get submerged under Pulichintala reservoir in Guntur district. The farmers have expressed happiness at the decision.
More than 964 acres of endowment lands under various temples was being enjoyed by several farmers.
A decision was taken on March 31, 2007, to pay Rs.75, 000 per acre to farmers, but the implementation got delayed in the bureaucracy. Guntur Joint Collector Kantilal Dande had been instructed to pay compensation by Saturday and submit compliance report to the Chief Minister by Sunday, Mr. Kanna Lakshmi Narayana said.
The Endowments Department would be paid compensation at market value as per the existing rules.
This would be in addition to the ex gratia to be given to farmers.
YSR to lay stone for rajagopuram today
Hectic schedule awaits the Chief Minister during his one-day tour to Krishna district
The Chief Minister will interact with members of women self-help groups
CPI (M), TDP release open letters listing YSR’s ‘unfulfilled promises’
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will lay the foundation stone for rajagopuram on Indrakeeladri, interact with members of women self-help groups and address a meeting organised by the BC Ikya Vedika, during his visit to Krishna district on Thursday.
The Chief Minister will arrive from Hyderabad by a helicopter, which will land at Makineni Basava Punnaiah Municipal Corporation Stadium at Ajit Singh Nagar at 10 a.m. Dr. Reddy will first proceed to Indrakeeladri to lay the foundation stone for rajagopuram and offer prayers in the temple from 10.20 a.m. to 10.40 a.m.
He will then attend a workshop of members of women self-help groups from five districts at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation (IGMC) Stadium. After addressing and interacting with them till 1.30 p.m., he will have lunch with them. After resting for 25 minutes at the State Guest House, the Chief Minister will proceed to Tummalapallivari Kshetrayya Kalakshetram at 2.40 p.m. to attend the BC Ikya Vedika meeting. The meeting marks the end of the Chief Minister’s programme in the city.
He will leave from Ajit Singh Nagar at 3.15 p.m. for Gudlavalleru near Gudivada, where he will inaugurate a bridge and address a public meeting between 3.45 p.m. and 4.45 p.m. before departing for Hyderabad at 4.45 p.m.
District Collector N. Sridhar, along with a battery of officials, visited IGMC Stadium to oversee arrangements for the meeting of SHG members and enquired whether every member would be able to view the Chief Minister and listen to him.
Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Telugu Desam Party on Wednesday released open letters to the Chief Minister, asking him what he had done to the district during his 43 earlier visits. The letters were addressed by CPI (M) city secretary R. Raghu and TDP district general secretary and MLA Devineni Umamaheswara Rao.
Mr. Raghu, listing 14 pending problems, alleged that Dr. Reddy had been making fresh promises to the citizens every time he visited the district, forgetting all the promises he made in his earlier visits. Not a single problem of the citizens brought to his notice through the several memoranda given to him by his party had been resolved, he alleged. Mr. Umamaheswara Rao, in his 45th letter, referred to the problems of farmers who lost heavily in the recent cyclones, non-payment of compensation to them, the problems of subabul farmers and so on.