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VISAKHAPATNAM: Minster for Textiles and Handlooms P. Sankara Rao criticised Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu and former MP of Kadapa Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy for their fasts for the sake of farmers.
At a press conference here on Thursday, Dr. Sankara Rao said that Mr. Naidu going on an indefinite fast was not wrong but he should give a thought to what he had done to the farmers and weavers and what amount of help the Congress was giving them. The Minister also accepted that the relief was not sufficient but it was the highest given by any Government so far.
Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy was very young in politics and was he belittling his late father Rajasekhara Reddy whose policies were still being implemented by the present Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy?, Dr. Sankara Rao asked.
Congress MLAs visiting Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy's hunger strike camp in Vijayawada and some talking against the party was wrong. Which party they were in?, he asked. The Minister asserted that the party did not win because of Rajasekhara Reddy. Congress was always getting 32 per cent to 34 per cent of votes. “Who was YSR? What was his performance when he was PCC president when the party could win just six seats in the Lok Sabha and then 90 in Assembly. He was only a good executive”, he said.
Mr. Jagamohan Reddy would be the loser and not the party. If he was sincere, Mr. Jaganmohan Reddy should return the large extent of land allotted to him for mining at Obulapuram and the 300 acres of land belonging to the Animal Husbandry department, Dr. Sankara Rao said.
The Minster wanted Mr. Naidu to give up his fast considering his deteriorating health. He was making this appeal as a doctor also, Dr. Sankara Rao said.
On the demand made by MLA Konda Surekha for his resignation, the Minister reacted saying that one should know the background of Ms. Surekha and her husband Murali. “YSR had encouraged criminals”, he said.
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