I have won the heart of Sonia: YSR
ATTILI (WEST GODAVARI DISTRICT):
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Saturday claimed to have won the heart of his party chief Sonia Gandhi by undertaking a slew of pro-poor programmes during his tenure in the last five years.
Addressing a gathering as part of the Rajiv Palle Baata at this delta village, Dr. Reddy asserted, “I have totally succeeded in realising the dream of Ms. Gandhi and she is thoroughly overwhelmed by my performance in the State.”
Dr. Reddy hinted that the Congress would go it alone in the coming elections.
Addressing an impressive gathering, he said development of the State could be possible only with political stability which was guaranteed by the Congress.
Referring to the ‘grand alliance’ led by the TDP, he said stability would become a casualty if such conglomeration of small parties without any ideological like-mindedness was voted to power.
Portraying TDP president Mr. Naidu as a ‘rank opportunist’, Dr. Reddy asked the people not to fall prey to his talk.
Recalling Mr. Naidu’s opposition to free power for agriculture during the previous elections, he criticised the TDP leader for ‘making a U-turn’ on the issue now. He also accused him of betraying the farmers by aligning with the TRS and the CPI (M) as they created hurdles for the Polavaram project.
Dr. Reddy accused the Telugu Desam Party of working against the interests of the Godavari delta.
He assured the delta farmers that the government would not allow even a single acre to whither away for want of water.
YSR lays foundation stone for cricket stadium
The stadium will be completed by 2011, say ACA authorities
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Saturday laid the foundation stone for the Andhra Cricket Association Stadium at Navuluru village near Mangalagiri.
Construction of the stadium replete with stands, galleries, club house and an indoor cricket academy will begin soon. The ACA office bearers have already promised that they would keep the stadium ready in time for the World Cup 2011.
The Chief Minister landed in a chopper at 9.45 a.m. and left by 10 a.m. after inaugurating the pylon, distributing housing plots and announcing plans to establish a Handloom Park at Mangalagiri. He was greeted by Rajiv Vidya Mission Minister M. Hanumantha Rao, Tenali M.P. V. Balashourie, MLAs, Collector B. Venkatesham, DIG N. Jayarami Reddy among others. An enthusiastic bunch of NSUI activists from Nagarjuna University also greeted the him.
During his address, he said that the construction of the stadium at a cost of Rs.35 crore would be completed within a year-and-a-half. He said that the international stadium would inspire budding cricketers from rural areas.
Andhra Cricket Association president G. Goka Raju lauded the initiative of the Chief Minister in clearing the proposals for construction of mini stadiums in 14 districts. He also said that the Chief Minister was a true sportsperson and even in politics he shows sporting spirit.
ACA general secretary V. Chamundeswaranath, chairman of stadium committee S.L. Narayan Row, DSDO P. Ramakrishna and others were present. The chopper carrying the Chief Minister halted for a brief while for recharge of ATS fuel, brought in tins from Hyderabad. He later left for West Godavari district.
YSR inaugurates sub-station
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy inaugurated a sub-station at Kolamuru in Undi Assembly Constituency on Saturday. Undi MLA P. Sarraju and MLC K. Bapi Raju were also present.
Dr. Reddy said that Congress Government alone could give a stable and clean administration, which was essential for the continuation of the welfare programmes initiated by the government. He also listed the various schemes introduced by the government like Rajiv Arogyasri, abolition of farmers’ loans, etc.
Later, Dr. Reddy laid the foundation stone for Veda Pathasala building being funded by the TTD.
Speaking on the occasion he criticised the parties constituting the grand alliance for making baseless allegations against the Congress Government to gain political milage.
YSR lauded for reservation to Muslims
Muslim minorities took out a motorcycle rally in Kadapa on Saturday demanding that Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy be re-elected to the post.
Kadapa 48th Municipal Ward corporator Md. Hussain Sardari, who led the rally from Nakkash, he said the Congress government’s welfare schemes benefited the poor people.
Lauding Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy for implementing four per cent reservation to Muslims in education and employment, he said the rally was aimed at enlightening Muslims on the welfare schemes.