YSR plans ‘bus yatra’
Dates of Chief Minister’s yatra to be finalised some time next week
YSR cites surveys that indicate positive vote in favour of Congress
Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy will plunge into electioneering early next month by undertaking an extensive ‘bus yatra’, criss-crossing the State and covering all the segments.
Once the election schedule is announced, Dr. Reddy plans to chalk out elaborate tour programmes covering all the Assembly segments. As the Congress Legislature Party leader, he had undertaken ‘Congress Jaitra Yatra’ from Chevella in Ranga Reddy district on April 5, 2004, covering 160 segments in 20 days.
This time, he is toying with the idea of covering not only all these constituencies but touching the remaining 134 as well. The exact dates of the yatra would be finalised some time next week. The yatra would be much on the lines of the road shows already undertaken by Dr. Reddy recently.
The proposed ‘bus yatra’ figured at the Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Dr. Reddy is said to have preferred ‘bus yatra’ coupled with public meetings during the election campaign. During the two-hour meeting, Dr. Reddy is believed to have given a pep talk to his colleagues, assuring several party legislators, who are likely to be dropped or lose their seats because of delimitation, that they would be given alternative posts.
He reportedly pointed out that three surveys commissioned by ORG-MARG, CNN IBN and an independent agency indicated improved positive vote in favour of the ruling party, as there was no anti-incumbency factor. He predicted that the party would win 150 seats in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions and another 80 in Telangana.
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will address public meetings at Badvel and Rajampet during his tour on February 26. He will arrive in Badvel from Ongole at 10.10 a.m. . He is scheduled to leave by helicopter to Rajampet at 12 noon.
YSR seeks people’s support for development
Takes part in road shows in Nellore district
YSR lists welfare schemes launched by his government
Lays foundation for Gandipalem irrigation project
Hectic campaign: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at a public meeting in Sunnapubatti village in Nellore district on Tuesday. –
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has accused the opposition parties for giving false publicity on the development works being taken up by the government and appealed to the public to teach a fitting lesson to the grand alliance in the coming Assembly elections.
Speaking at a public meeting at Sunnapubatti village under Kavali constituency in Nellore district on Tuesday, Mr. Reddy said though the farmers suffered losses for about nine years and some thousands of ryots committed suicides due to drought in the State, the then TDP government failed to address the issue.
As soon as the Congress came to power, it took the initiative and waived loans worth about Rs.11,000 crore benefiting 65 lakh farmers in Andhra Pradesh, he said and asked the voters to compare the TDP and Congress governments and vote for Congress for continuing Indiramma Rajyam in the State. Listing out the welfare schemes being implemented by the government, the Chief Minister said the Congress has introduced fee reimbursement for SC, ST, BC and Minorities, launched Rajiv Arogyasri health scheme, pension for SHG women, distribution of ration cards, Rs. 2-a-kg rice, and houses and pensions for all eligible persons.
Ministers Anam Ramnarayana Reddy and Nedurumalli Rajyalakshmi, MP N.Janarahdan Reddy, ZP chairman Kakani Goverdhan Reddy, MLAs Katamreddy Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Magunta Parvathamma, Adala Prabhakara Reddy, Patra Prakasha Rao, Anam Vivekananda Reddy, MLC Budati Radhakrishnaiah and others were present. Earlier, the Chief Minister laid foundation stones for Dagadarthi-Mungamur Channel being constructed at a cost of Rs 26.74 crore and for the Gandipalem medium irrigation project in Udayagiri mandal, estimated at a cost of Rs 28.08 crore.
Later, he participated in the road shows at Buchireddypalem, Kovur and Nellore. He laid foundation stones for Shilparamam, delta canals modernisation works and Vikrama Simhapuri University at RTC Bus Station centre in Nellore.
There was a poor turnout for the public meeting at Sunnapubatti village and also at the road shows at Buchireddypalem and Kovur mandals. It is said that the local legislators did not take any steps to mobilise the public for the Chief Minister’s programmes as the party high command is proposing to change the MLA candidates for Kovur and Kavali constituencies.
Hectic schedule awaits YSR
String of programmes lined up
YSR to inaugurate Ramatheertham balancing reservoir
Also to launch work to modernise Pothuraju Kalva
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will lay foundation stone for modernisation of Pothuraju Kalva, the main stormwater drain in Ongole town, being taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 12 crores.
According to a tentative programme drawn up by officials, Dr. Reddy will arrive at Ramatheertham near Chimakurthi from Nellore by helicopter at 11.30 a.m. on Wednesday (February 25). He will inaugurate the Rs. 52-crore balancing reservoir constructed to stabilise 75,000 acres of ayacut under Ongole branch canal of Nagarjuna Sagar project. He will lay foundation stone for the Rs. 6-crore drinking water supply scheme for KV Palem, which draws water from the balancing reservoir.
Later, he will inaugurate the 30-bed hospital building at Chimakurthi and participate in a private function at Buchepalli Subba Reddy Engineering College.
After taking lunch at SSN Engineering College, Dr. Reddy will begin his roadshow from Pernamitta village. The roadshow will pass through Kurnool Road, Addanki bus stand, old Grand Trunk Road and reach Prakasam Bhavan where he will unveil the statue of Ambedkar. He will also unveil the statue of Damodaram Sanjeevaiah and Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu.
On the way, the Chief Minister will lay foundation stone for the Rs. 1-crore ‘shadikhana’ and launch work on modernisation of Pothuraju Kalva, called the sorrow of Ongole town. The 7-km drain takes away stormwater and sewage water of the town to the sea. As several habitations came up on both the banks, the drain got narrowed down and badly got silted.
So, most of the colonies are left in 4-5 feet-deep water whenever heavy rain lashes the town forcing the officials to evacuate at least 10,000 people and feed them for 4-5 days.
The Irrigation Department proposes to de-silt the drain, improve its margins in a bid to restore its discharge capacity and prevent submersion of colonies during rainy season.
After making a night halt here, he will leave for Hyderabad at 8 a.m. on Thursday.