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Price rise unprecedented: Naidu

K. Srimali

Celebrates NTR’s birth anniversary with district unit cadre

Promises free power to agriculture for 12 hours

To earmark Rs. 500 crores for welfare and development of Muslims


TDP MP N. Harikrishna (right) shows on a laptop the website he launched on N.T. Rama Rao on the occasion of his birth anniversary, at a public meeting in Jaggayyapeta in Krishna district on Wednesday. TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu and Polit Bureau member Y. Ramakrishnudu look on. —

JAGGAYYAPETA (Krishna district): TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday made use of the 86th birth anniversary celebrations of party founder N.T. Rama Rao, organised by the Krishna district unit of the party here, to once again shower on various sections of society the promises he has been making during his ‘Meekosam’ roadshow.

Addressing a meeting at Jayantipuram Thanda, a tribal hamlet near here, after unveiling a statue of NTR and addressing a public meeting at municipal office centre, Mr. Naidu said that the TDP, if voted to power, would ensure supply of free power to agriculture for 12 hours, supply of free power to households that had two bulbs, a television and a fan, payment of Rs.1,000 monthly allowance to the unemployed, Rs.500 pension for the poor among the aged and the infirm and waiver of all kinds of agricultural dues. He regretted that the Rs.30,000 that the government was sanctioning for the construction of houses for the poor was proving to be grossly inadequate, which’s why the TDP Government would raise this amount to Rs. 1 lakh.

MSP for paddy

The TDP chief said, notwithstanding the Congress Government’s attempt to claim credit for the Centre’s willingness to declare minimum support price of Rs.1,000 a quintal for paddy, the fact remained that it was a victory of the farmers of Andhra Pradesh, on whose behalf the TDP had brought pressure on the Centre to accept the recommendation of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).

“But, this is certainly not enough. The TDP has demanded total implementation of the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission and the party will not rest until this is achieved,” he asserted. The TDP chief said that the phenomenal rise in the prices of essential commodities had crippled the lives of the poor and the middle classes, and the Congress Government had miserably failed to address this problem. This kind of price rise had never happened under the TDP regime, he claimed, adding the TDP Government, once voted to power, would bring down the price of cooking gas too.


Mr. Naidu accused the Congress Government of “betraying” Muslims by promising them 5 per cent reservation in education and employment but failing to do so. The TDP would earmark Rs.500 crores for the welfare and development of Muslims.

Rajya Sabha member Nandamuri Harikrishna said while NTR had given self-respect to Telugu people, the Congress Government had hurt it by not giving his name to Shamsabad Airport and by remaining silent to the ‘humiliation’ meted out to AIIMS Director P. Venugopal. The law and order situation had worsened a lot, as evident from the murder of pharmacy student Ayesha Meera.

Party Polit Bureau member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said that the enthusiasm of people was an indication of the certainty of the party coming back to power.

Former MP Lal Jan Basha, former Minister and Jaggayyapeta Assembly Constituency in-charge Nettem Sri Raghuram were among those who spoke.

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