Package soon for handloom weavers: Chiranjeevi
PR president kick-starts five-day Praja Ankita Yatra
Seeking a change: Praja Rajyam chief K. Chiranjeevi addressing people during Praja Ankitha Yatra in Mangalagiri town in Guntur district on Monday.
MANGALAGIRI (GUNTUR Dt.):
Praja Rajyam Party president K. Chiranjeevi on Monday promised a comprehensive package for handloom weavers that would form part of the party’s manifesto to be released shortly. This town, which is the abode of Panakala Narasimhaswamy, turned into a sea of humanity as huge crowds lined the main road to welcome the actor.
Kicking off his five-day Praja Ankita Yatra, Mr. Chiranjeevi said that he was fully aware of the problems being faced by handloom weavers, adding that a bailout plan would be spelled out in the party manifesto. Reiterating his other promises of free power to all skilled artisans, 50 per cent concession in power tariff to the farm sector and provision of essential commodities like rice, dal, oil and tamarind for Rs.100, he appealed for ‘change’.
The actor-turned-politician reached here in a helicopter that landed on a make-shift helipad in a field, two-and-a-half hours behind schedule to a tumultuous welcome by party workers and fans associations.
Addressing the crowds at Rajiv Chowk, the PR supremo went on to deride both the Congress and the TDP reminding people that the time had come for ‘change’ and exhorted them to vote out the corrupt politicians. He said that though the State had been blessed with abundant natural resources, most people had been living in a state of penury and blamed the politicians for the poor state of affairs.
He recalled the years he had spent in Mangalagiri, studying classes 1-3. “I along with my brother Nagendra Babu used to climb the hill and worship Panakala Narasimha Swamy,” he said.
First list of PR candidates by month-end
The Praja Rajyam party’s first list of about 50 contestants for the general elections is likely to be released by the month-end.
This was disclosed by party president K. Chiranjeevi while talking to reporters here on Monday.
Asked if he would fulfil the promise of according political recognition to all sections of society while distributing party tickets, he said it was the party’s prime focus to ensure social justice.
“We are committed to it. Though this will take time, we will do our best. The general elections will just be the beginning of the process,” he stated, adding that thus far, the party had been most pro-active in announcing what it would do to different sections of people if elected to power.
As for the process to select the right candidates, party political affairs committee chairman Ch. Harirama Jogaiah said a questionnaire was being circulated to the State and district party leaders so that they could gather basic information and fill them up with their observations.
No section of society happy with Congress: PR
Praja Rajyam spokesperson Parakala Prabhakar has said no section of society was happy and secure with the five-year rule of the Congress. They are waiting to give a fitting lesson to the ruling party in the elections.
Since Telugu Desam Party was weak and fell to a minority, it was not in a position to dethrone the Congress and it was only the Praja Rajyam led by Chiranjeevi which was poised to come to power with two-third majority in the Assembly, he said, addressing a press conference here on Monday.
Mr. Prabhakar who was here to discuss an action plan to constitute mandal and constituency-wise committees, said that a clear picture has emerged now on the strength of political parties. The TDP was a small party and it had become even smaller after the 2004 elections as it could win only 47 seats in the Assembly despite the nine-year rule.
After the elections, the parties in ‘ Mahakootami’ would get shattered and barring TDP, the others might sail with the Congress. It would not be a surprise even if the TDP joined hands with the Congress post elections to install the UPA government at the Centre, he opined.
Earlier, the Praja Rajyam leaders took out a motorcycle rally from Madhavnagar to Viceroy Gardens here.