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Chandrababu Naidu demands white paper on power situation

Published: 18th January 2013 09:42 AM

Last Updated: 18th January 2013 10:12 AM

The state government should publish a white paper on the power situation vis-a-vis losses sustained by discoms and also on the situation during former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s regime, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu has said.

Addressing a gathering at Shantinagar village of Kodada mandal on Nalgonda- Khammam border on Thursday as a part of his Vastuna Meekosam walkathon, he said Kiran Kumar Reddy government had mismanaged the power situation.

“When we handed over the government to Congress in 2004, the state was having surplus power and even the budget was surplus,” he claimed.

Labelling N Kiran Kumar Reddy as a ‘kiri kiri’ CM, he said Kiran government is the most inefficient. It has separated husbands and wives in the farming community. While one is forced to wait at the transformer, the other is at the motor pump, watching out for power supply, he said. Reiterating his promises of loan waiver to farmers, he said a farmer is forced to pay for the fertiliser with five lathi strokes on his back.

“Today, Kiran Reddy announced one kg of quality rice for `1, which is to say that the rice given till date under the subsidy rice scheme was of inferior quality,” he said.

He said Kiran Reddy had failed to ensure compensation for Nilam cyclone victims and relief in droughthit mandals, while chief ministers of other states had seen that funds were released to their respective states. He claimed that Sharad Pawar had told him that Kiran Reddy had not asked for central government funds.

Chandrababu Naidu held the people responsible for the predicament that they were in today, as they had voted the Congress to power.

“You ensure TDP victory next time and be assured of welfare and development like never before,” he promised.

Asked from where he would get money for waiving farm loans, he said needed funds would be generated from recovering the public wealth looted by YSRC and Congress leaders.

“What had been looted by them would be enough to waive farm loans five times,” he said. Naidu described Congress and YSRC parties as two branches of the same tree. Reiterating several of his promises, he said his party was never against Telangana.

He would make tribal hamlets with more than 500 people as village panchayats, give priority to Muslims and ensure categorisation of SCs, he said. The TDP chief, who entered Nalgonda district at 1:10 pm, behind schedule, covered 16.2 km on the first leg of his walkathon in the district.

He addressed public gatherings at Shanti Nagar and Mogulikunta and unveiled NTR statue at Anantagiri before night halt at KITS college in Khanapur area of Kodada town. People had turned up in good number to see Naidu.

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