Amaravati, May 9
TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday criticised the Jaganmohan Reddy Government for working with an ‘agenda to eliminate’ the TDP activists for questioning the unchecked corruption under the current regime.
Mr. Naidu strongly condemned the cold-blooded murder of TDP activist Srinivasulu at Nidjuru in the Kurnool district. He was allegedly murdered just because he did not extend support in the local body elections. Murderous attacks were continuing on the backward classes since they were continuing their unfailing support to the Telugu Desam Party , he said.
In a statement here, the TDP chief said that in the past two years of the Jaganmohan Reddy rule, false cases were filed against the TDP leaders for questioning the illegal activities and large scale corruption of the ruling party leaders. The police were making false arrests of the TDP activists. On the other hand, the TDP activists were being targetted and eliminated for objecting the YCP leaders’ corruption in the villages.
Mr. Naidu expressed concern that the State has turned into a hub of violence and political murders. While the people were suffering a lot because of the Coronavirus infections, the Chief Minister was instigating and encouraging his party leaders to perpetrate vendetta politics.
The TDP chief asserted that the TDP would stand by the family members of Srinivasulu in this hour of loss and pain. The YCP would bite the dust in future if it did not learn lessons to stop the ongoing violence and vengeance politics.
Jagan Reddy failed to control Corona second wave
Former Minister and TDP Politburo Member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu on Sunday slammed the YCP Government for filing ‘false cases’ against TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu with the ulterior motive of diverting public attention from its failure to control the Covid-19 second wave.
Mr. Ramakrishnudu strongly objected to filing a case against Mr. Naidu when the TDP chief has alerted the Government on the origin of the dreaded N440K virus in the Kurnool district. Instead of taking remedial measures based on these remarks, the ruling YCP began its usual politics of vengeance by filing a false once again against the former CM.
In a statement here, the TDP leader asserted that the mistakes made by the Jagan Reddy regime have become a curse for the AP people now during this devastating spread of infections. The people were paying a heavy price because of the Chief Minister’s inefficiency and negligent attitude. The medical experts have been sounding advance alarms on the intensity of the second wave but CM Jagan Reddy turned a deaf ear to all such cautionary advice.
The CCMB conducted studies on the new virus. Over 50 medical organisations published reports on the N440K variant.
The TDP leader recalled how the Telangana High Court had alerted their State Government to take advance measures since the new virus was striking terror in Andhra Pradesh. The AP Government should explain whether it was ready to slap cases on the national media organisations and the scientists for sounding alert on N440K?
The Jagan Reddy regime was not even caring about the Supreme Court orders for allowing the people to express their concerns freely on the infections.
Mr. Ramakrishnudu said that lots of patients were dying due to lack of beds, oxygen and medicines in Anantapur, Hindupur and Vizianagaram district. The Government was not yet learning any lessons. No steps were being taken though remdesivir injections were being sold in black market at Rs. 50,000. The Chief Minister should wake from his deep slumber and start creating hope in the Covid-hit people. Or else, the YCP would have to pay a heavy price.
Telugu Desam Party MLA Anagani Satya Prasad on Sunday wrote a letter to Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, urging him to immediately issue an order declaring the journalists as the Coronavirus warriors in Andhra Pradesh.
Mr. Satya Prasad stressed the need for coming to the rescue of the mediapersons who were working amidst the prevailing adverse conditions on account of the deadly Covid threat. The Government should give accreditations to all the working journalists and provide them vaccines and medical facilities to survive the virus threat.
The TDP MLA told the Chief Minister that the journalists were facing unprecedented crisis in the second wave infections. It was well known how the media remained the fourth pillar of democracy. Over 7,000 journalists were working all over the State in both the print and electronic media. Now, the journalists associations were not able to fight for the rights of their members since they were removed from the accreditation committees at the State and the district levels.
Mr. Satya Prasad said that since the YCP came to power in 2019, the accreditations were not being given to these journalists. Tough rules were introduced to deny accreditations in the name of circulation figures. Over 60 journalists died due to the Corona infections during the second wave alone. Hundreds of journalists and their families were admitted to hospitals and unable to pay huge amounts.
The TDP MLA demanded the Government to give vaccine and medicines to the journalists immediately. At least Rs. 2 lakh financial support should be provided to the infected journalists’ families. Already, the journalists were declared as Covid warriors in Orissa, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Mr. Satya Prasad stressed the need for giving Rs. 20,000 financial assistance to every journalist’s family to help deal with the epidemic threat. The mediapersons were risking their lives to continue to work in their line of duty. Oxygen supply, ventilators and hospitals beds should be specially allotted for the journalists who were on duty in every district.