Jagan takes fight for Special Status to people
Visakhapatnam: YS Jaganmohan Reddy, YSRCP chief and opposition leader in Andhra Pradesh Assembly, has given a clarion call to the people of the state to fight for Special Status which was denied by the NDA government and compromised by the TDP government in the state. Addressing a huge rally at Indira Priyadarshini Maidan here on Sunday, Jaganmohan Reddy said the TDP rule in the last two and half years has been lackluster and anti-people. This is the first in a series of public meetings the YSRCP has decided to organize throughout the state demanding Special Status.
He reminded the people that exactly two and half years ago, the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and TDP president Nara Chandrababu Naidu promised in the same maidan that Special Status would be granted within days of taking over the administration after winning majority of seats in the elections. They said they would get Special Status not five years but for ten years. Jagan said this is the land of revolutionary movements. Tenneti Viswanatham was a giant of a politician who gave the slogan ‘Visakha Vukku-Andhrula Hakku’ and fought to achieve the right.
Jagan said the slogan has completed 50 years now. In the same way, the people have to fight for Special Status, he urged. He asked the people to shout the slogan ‘Jai Andhra’ so loud that it would reverberate in the ears of Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. The Jai Andhra Pradesh movement has become necessary because the government is using our own finger to cause injury to our eyes.
Jagan told the huge gathering that he did not come here to bore them with routine rhetoric. I came here, he said, to make you reflect on the recent developments. He has posed the following questions to the people: 1) Have we gained or lost due to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh? 2) At the time of division we were told that there would be benefits for the people of the residual State of Andhra Pradesh. Has the government fought for our rights? Has it stood by the people who are fighting for the rights of the people of AP. 3) There are two lakh families in AP. Every family would like to get its children educated, to have a decent house to live in, to have enough health security so that in case of illness people would not be forced to dispose of their properties in order to meet medical expenses. People also want security for old people.
Has the government governed the state in the past two and half years fulfilling the needs of the ordinary people? How did we spend the last two and half years? Are the farmers and workers happy? Are our Dwacra women and the students happy? Are our youth and the unemployed happy? How many heavy industries did we get in the last two and half years? Are the farmers confident that the government would not take away their lands? Is the government in a position to provide permanent houses to all the poor? Has this government fulfilled at least the promises it made during the election campaign? Have the farm loans been waived completely? Has the gold mortgaged in the banks returned home as promised by Chandrababu Naidu during the election campaign? Had the Dwcra women got their loans waived? Naidu had publicized that if the unemployed were to get jobs, Babu has to come to power. He also promised that in case the government failed to provide jobs, it would pay Rs 2,000 as unemployment allowance to the unemployed. Are the unemployed getting the amount? Did you receive Rs 60,000 as unemployment allowance for the last 60 months? The TDP said it would do away with the belt shops. Has the TDP government got the belt shops removed? Answer to all the questions is in the negative. He also criticized the government move to make Vizag beach a tourist spot by allowing holiday resorts etc.
Jagan alleged that Chandrababu Naidu is genuflecting before the Union government to save his skin in the ‘Note for Vote’ case. He had mortgaged the interests of five crore people because of the case. What we need today is a job revolution to improve the economic condition of every family in the state, he said. Instead of revolution in education, the CM has brought about revolution in corruption, said Jagan. Naidu was not arrested even when he was caught red-handed while buying MLAs by paying cash. Since Chandrababu Naidu is not in a position to achieve the demand for Special Status, people themselves have got to fight for their rights, exhorted Jagan.
The meeting was attended by the top leaders of the YSRCP like Botcha Satyanarayana, Dharmana Prasada Rao, Vijaya Sai Reddy, Roja among others.