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TDP sticks to its demand

By Our Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD, JUNE 17. The Telugu Desam has reiterated its demand that a sitting judge of the Supreme Court should head the revived inquiry commission into the Yeleru scam instead of Justice Somasekhara who is a retired judge.

Addressing a press conference at NTR Bhavan, the TDP leaders -- R. Chandrasekhara Reddy and T. Seetaram -- maintained that reviving the commission by re-appointing a retired judge was not a good tradition. They said the Government's objection in appointing a sitting Supreme Court judge was creating doubts about its sincerity.

They said the TDP had reservations over Mr. Somasekhara as he had sought certain `favours' from the previous TDP Government.

At another press conference, S. Venugoplachary and S. Chandramohan Reddy, refuted the State Agriculture Minister, N. Raghuveera Reddy's claim that only 111 farmers committed suicide in the last four weeks and maintained that 410 farmers ended their lives while another 34 weavers died on account of starvation. They asked the Government to ensure that relief package was given to the families of the 410 farmers and 34 weavers, who died.

The TDP leaders also denied the charge of Mr. Raghuveera Reddy that the prolonged neglect of the farm sector by the previous regime was responsible for the plight of farmers. They said the TDP Government had initiated several developmental and welfare measures for improving the agriculture sector and the living conditions of farmers.

Only after the TDP came to power, the nominal slab rate for power charges was introduced, subsidy on inputs was given, MSP was ensured, annual subsidy on power was provided. They also listed several other measures, including waiver of loans to the tune of Rs.500 crores, besides creating an additional ayacut of 12 lakh acres.

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