VISAKHAPATNAM: The Congress asked the state government to honour its poll promise of unconditional loan waiver of farmers and women SHG members. The party leaders also demanded completion of the Polavaram project by the Central government within three years.
Addressing the party workers and leaders from the district at a function hall at Gopalapatnam here Sunday, APCC president N Raghuveera Reddy said that the party was working as a responsible Opposition and not making any unrealistic demands. He faulted chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu for not occupying his chambers in the Secretariat on the grounds of lack of furniture and facilities. “Would you accept it if the village officials do not attend office on such trivial grounds?” he questioned and asked the chief minister to lead by example.
Raghuveera Reddy also accused the Centre of doublespeak on the Polavaram project, as it was trying to pacify people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. “Majority of the works have been already taken up by the state government during the Congress regime. The Central government should stick to the schedule and complete the project within three years for the development of the region,” he said.
Protests on Aug 4
Congress leaders would stage a protest at all the collectorates of the 13 districts on August 4, demanding fulfilment of the election promises. Former ministers, MLAs and other leaders would participate in the dharnas in the first phase, unlike in the past where workers were mobilised and transported for such demonstrations.
The APCC president said the Congress had embarked on a drive to strengthen the party at the mandal, town and city levels. The new committees would be constituted and the leaders would be elected by the members and not foisted on them by the party headquarters, he said.
Rajya Sabha members T Subbarami Reddy, JD Seelam and KVP Ramachandra Rao along with former ministers and senior leaders participated in the meeting along with hundreds of Congress workers.