Congress saviour of women: YSR
‘Observe the development works taken up by the Congress and vote for it’
Helping hand: Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy giving away a cheque to SGH member in Venkatagiri in Nellore district on Wednesday.
VENKATAGIRI (NELLORE DIST):
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has said that the Congress was the only party which changed the lives of women by extending loans and by introducing various schemes in the State.
Addressing a public meeting here on Wednesday, he said the Congress government introduced `Paavala Vaddi’ scheme for self-help group (SHG) members after coming into power and recently the government launched ‘Abhaya Hastam’ scheme for SHG women which is first of its kind in the country.
He also said that problems of Dwcra women, if any, would be solved on priority basis.
Alleging that the Telugu Desam party cheated women in the name of schemes and offered nothing to them, Mr. Reddy asked the women to observe the development works taken up during the past five years and return Congress to power again.
Launching an attack on ‘Maha Kutami’, the Chief Minister said the Telangana Rastra Samithi president K. Chandrashekar Rao announced that the TRS would close the educational institutions being run by Andhra people if separate statehood was formed, and the CPI (M) was opposing the irrigation projects. Then how can TDP, TRS, CPI and CPI (M) join hands by keeping the ideologies aside, he questioned.
Women Development and Child Welfare Minister Nedurumalli Rajyalakshmi, Information and Public Relations Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, MPs Chinta Mohan and N.Janardhan Reddy and others attended the public meeting.
Ex-Minister, Anam spar in presence of YSR
Minister’s observation is the flashpoint for heated exchanges
Former Minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy and Information & Public Relations Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy had heated arguments in the presence of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy on Wednesday when the latter met the Chief Minister to submit a memorandum on behalf of the Somasila Jalala Parirakshana Committee.
Mr. Chandramohan Reddy, who is the member of the committee along with a few other leaders, came to the Police Guesthouse where the Chief Minister halted for the night and submitted a memorandum demanding the government to cancel G.O. 130, intended to divert 4.80 tmcft of water from the Somasila project to Rayalaseema region, release 30 tmcft of water from Pothireddypadu head regulator and stop constructing projects on Penna river in Rayalaseema districts.
An argument ensued between the former Minister and Mr Ramnarayana Reddy when the Minister allegedly observed that the committee was against the diversion of water to Kadapa district as the Chief Minister was representing it and the leaders had no objection if water was given to Chittoor district.
Mr. Chandramohan Reddy asked the Minister not to intervene into the matter as he was discussing the issue with the Chief Minister and both of them had heated exchanges. Dr.Rajasekhara Reddy pacified both of them and said that he would examine the issue and do justice to Nellore district.
YSR makes frontal attack on TDP for neglecting farmers
No ‘kutami’ will be able to dethrone Congress, Rajasekhara Reddy says
Playing it safe: Unable to bear the heat, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy wearing a head gear at Chimakurthi in Prakasam district on Wednesday. —
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has made a frontal attack on the Telugu Desam Party for neglecting irrigation, playing havoc with agriculture and ruining the farmers during its nine-and-a-half year rule.
Being diffident of defeating the Congress on its own at the hustings, it was now forging alliance with CPI, CPI-M and TRS, he said.
“This Mahakutami or that Megakutami would not be able to dethrone the Congress that has kept all its election promises and ushered in prosperity striking a balance between development and welfare,” he asserted.
Dr Rajasekhara Reddy inaugurated Rs. 52 crore Ramatheertham balancing reservoir constructed near Chimakurthi to stabilise an ayacut of 72,000 acres under Ongole branch canal of Nagarjuna Sagar Project and also to provide drinking water to Ongole, Kandukur, Kanigiri and several other villages.
Later, the Chief Minister participated in a road-show and addressed meetings at Chimakurthi, Santanutalapadu and Ongole.
He exhorted the people to compare the performance of the Congress and TDP governments before casting their votes in the coming elections.
He said the Congress came to power promising free power to farmers and to take up irrigation projects. The Congress not only kept its promises but implemented several welfare schemes like Rs 2 a kg rice, Arogyasri, pensions for old, widows, handicapped persons etc, pucca houses for all poor and extended loans liberally to women self-help groups.
The TDP, which had dubbed all these schemes as unviable, is now promising people that it would implement them if elected to power again. “Are you so naïve to believe it?”, he asked the people.
Dr Rajasekhara Reddy came down heavily on the TDP for forging alliance with TRS that threatened to close all private colleges owned by Andhras in Telangana. The TDP is also opposing Polavaram and Pulichintala projects.
He said Polavaram was necessary to divert Godavari waters to Krishna delta so that more and more Krishna waters can be utilised in upstream projects.
He said the Congress government increased paddy price from Rs. 580 to Rs. 930 a quintal and tobacco farmers got a fancy price of Rs. 120 a kg last year.
The TDP had never bothered to demand the Centre to waive farm loans and provide relief to farmers.
The Congress government on the other hand waived farm loans.
Dubbing TDP as traitor of farmers, he called upon people to defeat it again.
CM literally launches poll campaign
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy has literally launched his election campaign during his official visit to Prakasam district on Wednesday. Dr Rajasekhara Reddy arrived by helicopter at 1 p.m., two hours behind schedule at Ramatheertham where he inaugurated Rs. 52 crore balancing reservoir. He also laid foundation stone for Rs. 12 crore Pothurajukalva modernisation scheme and Rs. 1 crore shadi khana at Ongole. He unveiled the statues of Tanguturi Prakasam Pantulu near Rytu Bazar in Lawyerpet and Dr Ambedkar and Damodaram Sanjeevaiah near Praksam bhavan.
Though his programme was described as Palle Bata and Nagara Bata, his visit looked more political than official tour. He exhorted people to raise “Jai Congress” slogans at the end of his meetings at Chimakurthi, Santanutalapadu and Ongole.
Unable to bear the scorching Sun, he wore a tri-colour turban at Chimakurthi.
Police enforced bandh and directed the shop-keepers all along the route to pull down their shutters. Buses and auto-rickshaws went off the road. Transco officials disrupted power supply along the route to ensure safe passage of high roof bus by which he held the road-show.
People had to put up without power from 10 am on Wednesday. Power supply was restored partially only after 5 pm. Transco officials had to strain themselves for two hours after the road show to reconnect the lines criss-crossing the road to restore power supply along the route.
Hundreds of people thronged his road-shows and responded enthusiastically whenever he mentioned about the achievements of his government or took a dig at the TDP, Left or TRS.
He is expected to make night halt here and leave for Kadapa by helicopter on Thursday morning.
YSR to tour East Godavari
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will arrive on a quick tour of East Godavari district on February 27. His itinerary starts with laying of foundation stone for the Yeleru reservoir and canals modernization works in Kirlampudi. Later, Dr. Reddy will participate in road-shows at Pithapuram and Peddapuram and address a public meeting at Mandapeta in the evening. Thereafter, he will lay the foundation for Adikavi Nannaya University buildings at Rajahmundry. He will inaugurate Godavari dairy at Dowleswaram next morning.