Tuesday, Nov 25, 2003
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The APCC president, D. Srinivas, reiterated that the Congress would provide free power to agriculture, free power to the poor who use a single bulb in their dwellings, implement prohibition in a phased manner, provide employment opportunities to women and youth through special packages and give dearness allowance hike to the pensioners if voted to power in the State. The leaders said they were making only those promises, which they are confident of fulfilling.
Addressing a joint press conference here today, the Congress leaders said that there had been a tremendous response to their bus yatra even in the second phase, which commenced in Cuddapah district.
He claimed that large-scale resentment was evident among the people against the TDP Government for its gross negligence of all sections of the society.
The District Congress Committees would take the problems to the notice of the Government for their redressal.
The DCCs would play a key role in identifying the problems and make efforts to resolve them. Ridiculing the TDP's policies he said that while the previous Congress Government had spent Rs. 20 crores on the publicity for prohibition, the TDP Government had been fixing the revenue targets from liquor sale in the districts. Mr. Srinivas stated that the extended PCC general body meeting would be conducted on December 2 at Hyderabad, which would be more like an election-orientation camp to be participated by the State incharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad. A meeting with PCC office-bearers and DCC presidents would be held on December 1 and with the senior leaders of the party on November 30.
The former CLP leader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, promised that the Congress, if voted to power, would come to the rescue of farmers and weavers' families who had committed suicide due to the burden of debts and poverty. The victims' families would be paid ex gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs per family and their children would be provided help for their education.
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