Jagan accuses Naidu of ditching tribals

  • YSRCP to fight for their rights

Rampachodavaram: “Not only the Polavaram project was undoubtedly very important, but also providing relief and rehabilitation to the affected tribals was also very important,” observed YSR Congress Party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.

Addressing a gathering of tribals and Polavaram evacuees at Rampachodavaram on Wednesday as part of his two-day tour of the Agency area in East Godavari district, Jagan said the tribal lands were being forcibly taken over and no compensation was being paid to them. Polavaram was possible only because of the sacrifices made by the tribals. They should be recognised for their contribution. The YSRCP will continue to fight for their rights, he added.

Jagan said though three years elapsed since Nara Chandrababu Naidu took over as Chief Minister, he has done nothing for the people. Chandrababu Naidu has no sympathy for the tribals and the farmers, who would lose their lands, while he was sympathetic towards the Polavaram contractors,” he said. He elicited opinions from the tribals and the general public on the delay in providing relief to the tribals at the meeting.

Complaining that no houses were built for those ousted by the project as part of the package, the Leader of the Opposition in AP Assembly said only 125 houses had been constructed and they were built during YSR’s regime. Not even an acre of land has been given to the poor people. Instead, the government is forcibly trying to acquire the lands belonging to the poor and the under-privileged. He assured the people that his party would fight for the rights of the tribals and the poor. “Two years later, a people’s government would be formed and the tribals would get an R & R package on par with Amaravati and Pattiseema project”, Jagan said. -NSS

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