GUNTUR: Advising YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy against playing with the emotions of the people of the state on special category status, former minister and TDP leader D Manikya Varaprasada Rao has asked the former to withdraw his decision to launch an indefinite fast in this regard.
By highlighting special category status alone, which is only intended to provide incentives to industrialists, the Opposition party is neglecting the uplift of the poor in the state, which can be achieved by special package, he felt.
Addressing reporters here Wednesday, Vara Prasad Rao alleged that Jagan lacks vision in his approach and is taking hasty decisions with regard to special status.
The Centre has its own limits to decide on granting special category status to AP and it is not fair on part of Jagan to emotionalise people by staging indefinite hunger strike. “Who will be responsible for the lives of people participating in such deekshas,” he questioned and found fault with the Opposition leader for not spelling a single work about special package.
Asserting that the poor and weaker sections will get benefited with the special package, which will ensure several welfare schemes like pensions, houses and other infrastructure facilities, he said that the TDP is working in the direction of achieving both package and status. “However, as we are at the receiving end, we should maintain restraint in getting our due share.”
As regards providing lands to farm workers in capital region, he maintained that he stands by his word and demanded the government to give lands to the workers by purchasing or de-notifying the forest lands.
Former MLC Rayapati Srinivas alleged that Jagan is trying to defame the image of chief minister N Chandababu Naidu by levelling baseless remarks.