PRP decries release of GOs in haste
Says it will review all shady deals, acquire lands and distribute them among the poor
North coastal districts in-charge of Praja Rajyam Party C. Ramachandraiah has said that releasing of GOs overnight indicates that the Congress is not confident of retaining power in the State.
Addressing party leaders and workers here on Wednesday, Mr. Ramachandraiah said Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy issued innumerable number of GOs overnight for the benefit of his own men. He said that the PRP, after coming to power, would review all the shady deals, acquire the lands and distribute them among the poor. He said that N.T. Rama Rao introduced the schemes being implemented and PRP would continue them effectively. Now, the schemes were reaching only the Congress cadres, he alleged. He said social justice was possible if only all communities on the basis of their population were given due representation in Assembly.
‘Misuse of funds’
K. Kala Venkata Rao, political affairs committee member of the party, said that the housing scheme benefited Congressmen and alleged embezzlement of Rs. 3000 crores in the scheme. He asked K. Rosaiah, Finance Minister, to stop lashing out at PRP leadership and instead react on alleged amassing of wealth by Chief Minister. He said that the Grand Alliance would disintegrate after the elections.
He said while shares of Satyam doubled after former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu invited Ramalinga Raju, then chairman of the company, to sit beside Bill Clinton, former US President, the Chief Minister allotted Rs.38,000-crore works to Maytas. Both had favoured Raju in return for monetary gain, he said. He criticised the duo for trading charges against each other in the vote-on-account Budget session instead of discussing the spiralling prices of essential commodities and sufferings of the poor.
TDP leader mulls joining PR
Jagapati is worried about losing out in seat sharing if he remains in TDP
Not given a chance in last elections, he expressed his displeasure to Naidu
With the impact of the grand alliance, as it is viewed, the opposition Telugu Desam Party reportedly lost a strong leader Batti Jagapati to the newly formed Praja Rajyam party.
He was at Hyderabad on Wednesday to meet Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi to seek an appointment for joining the party.
A two-time district president of the TDP and two-time Municipal Chairman of Medak, Mr. Jagapati had been with the party for long.
Though he tried for party nomination in the previous elections also, he could not succeed. He expressed his displeasure in a recent meeting with party president N. Chandrababu Naidu in Hyderabad. Like many other leaders in the TDP, Mr. Jagapati was also worried about his political future in the event of the party not getting Medak Assembly segment in the seat sharing among the alliance partners, and his chance of getting ticket even if the seat was spared for the party.
Praja Rajyam district convener P. Narayana reportedly played his role in roping in Mr. Jagapati. With this, the PR would not only be getting a strong leader but could also present a known face in the elections. However, Mr. Jagapati did not confirm his joining the PR stating: “I am yet to meet Mr. Chiranjeevi and discuss the issue.”
Pavan Kalyan justifies cause of naxals
Yuva Rajyam president Pavan Kalyan on Wednesday justified the cause of Naxalites. Addressing a rally here, he informed that a band of former Naxalites had recently joined the PRP. He said Naxalites had taken to guns only to fight exploitation in the corridors of power and only because of the present political set up that miserably failed to address the basic problems of people. Mr. Pavan said one should understand the circumstances which forced the Naxalites to spend their lives underground in jungles in a right spirit.
The actor-turned youth leader likened himself to veteran leaders like Sardar Bhatsingh, noted Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara and Martin Luther King Jr. of America and said he switched to politics from movies only under their influence.
“I fought against the exploitative regimes in films all these days. And, my ambition to do it in real life also has become a reality with the launching of the PRP by my brother (Mr. Chiranjeevi),” he stated. Mr. Pavan asserted that both the Congress and the TDP camps were scared of his brother who was all capable of filling the void caused by the alleged bankrupt policies of the TDP and the Congress. He held both the parties responsible for the miseries of the common public.
The Yuva Rajyam chief heavily came down on the Left parties for their ‘rank opportunism’. Taking serious exception at the comment of B.V. Raghavulu of the CPI(M) that he (Mr. Pavan Kalyan) did not have any qualification to criticize him, he sought to know whether the CPI(M) was a political party working in a democratic set up or a private limited company. He reiterated his tirade against the Communists saying they had become ‘capitalists’ and ‘hypocrites’ who had allegedly hypothecated their ideologies to the ruling establishments of one hue or the other.
Ratna Kumari joins PRP
Former MLC Revu Ratnakumari joining Praja Rajyam Party in the presence of PRP district convenor Ganta Srinivasa Rao in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.
Former MLC of Congress party Revu Ratna Kumari on Wednesday joined the Praja Rajyam Party along with 500 supporters.
After joining PRP at the party office at MVP Colony in the presence of PRP district rural and urban convener Ganta Srinivasa Rao, she said the new party formed by film star Chiranjeevi would bring about the much needed change to ensure social justice to the marginalised and downtrodden sections.
Ms. Ratna Kumari, whose term as member of the legislative council expired recently, said she interacted with fisherfolk of North Andhra and majority of them reposed faith in the ideals and leadership ability of Mr. Chiranjeevi.
Mr. Srinivasa Rao welcomed the joining of Ms. Ratna Kumari in the PRP and said that the people were yearning for change. He said PRP was set to get absolutely majority in the State and form the government under the leadership of Mr. Chiranjeevi.
Expressing concern at raw material insecurity faced by Visakhapatnam Steel Plant for denial of captive mines by the Central Government, he said he would soon organise a big rally to the plant.