Amaravati, May 8:
TDP National President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed concern that one by one, all sections of society were becoming vulnerable to the Coronavirus epidemic because of the emergence of more dangerous variants in due course.
Mr. Naidu pointed out that even those below the 18 years of age might become vulnerable once the virus would turn more virulent in the wave 3.0. In this backdrop, sufficient quantity of vaccine should be made available and this the most important aspect right now. The Government should extend all the requied support in this regard considering the safety of the people’s lives.
Addressing an online meeting with Covid experts and doctors, the TDP chief recalled how in the beginning, the virus posed a huge risk to only those in the 60 to 70 years age group. Later, the 40 to 50 years age group was considered also vulnerable. Gradually, the scene has changed with even the 20 to 40 years aged people also becoming unsafe. Those with heart, liver, lung and renal illnesses were under a greater threat.
Mr. Naidu said that the wave 2.0 has already caused immense of life and paralysed the general life. The reports on the emergence of more variants in the next wave were of greater concern. Even the below 18 years aged adolescents and children were expected to become vulnerable. This way why universal vaccination should be taken up with immediate focus. The High Courts and the Supreme Court have also commented seriously and asked the Governments what steps they were taking to help the people.
The TDP chief recalled how the courts posed specific queries on the steps being taken by the Government to resolve the oxygen supply problem. At this time, the public policy should be effective to deal with the crisis. “As a citizen and an experienced public policy maker, I am making some suggestions. We have efficiently handled during crisis situation and disasters.”
Mr. Chandrababu Naidu stressed the need for the Government to build confidence and take the general public along with it. In many families, the elders were dying which was creating a psychological turmoil among them. The people needed a ray of hope in such difficult times. Individuals and organisations would be able to do something but the Governments would be able to do greater good if they wanted to.
Mr. Naidu called upon the doctors, experts and scientists to come forward and create awareness and confidence among the hapless public. It was the duty of everybody to rise to the occasion and extend help to at least 10 others. Everybody should do what they could for the society which had given them great opportunities. In the past, the people used to ask for help in policy related matters but now they were asking for hospital beds, ventillators and oxygen.
The TDP chief said that once they helped in providing face masks to the people but now the time has come to hand over the medicines. Every indvidual should protect himself or herself and their family members as a priority. If they neglected their health and became home isolated, they would not be able to help others.
Naidu condoles workers’ deaths in Kadapa blast
TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday expressed deep shock and grief over the death of several innocent workers in the blast in the limestone`mines at Mamillapalle in the Kadapa district.
Mr. Naidu said that many others were injured in the explosion that took place while removing some rocks in the mines at Mamillapale in the Kalasapadu mandal. The Government should extend all help and announce ex gratia to the kin of the deceased on a par with the LG Polymers in Vizag.
TDP chief demanded immediate steps to provide better medical care to all those who were injured in the blast. It was unfortunate the tragic incident took place claiming so many lives in the Chief Minister’s own native district. To prevent such incidents, proper safety standards should be followed there. All the workers should be given perfect safety equipment.
Case against Naidu a contempt of Supreme Court: TDP
Telugu Desam Party National Spokesman K. Pattabhi Ram on Saturday termed the filing of a criminal case against former CM N Chandrababu Naidu as a contempt of the Supreme Court which has ordered the Centre and the State Governments recently not to harass the public in the name of objectionable Covid related comments.
Mr. Pattabhi Ram said that the Director General of Police, AP, would be answerable to the Supreme Court for violating its recent judgement which supported the people’s right to raise their problems relating to the epidemic without fear. The Chief Minister was not fulfilling his basic responsibility to reach out to the suffering public and he was only concentrating on victimisation when Mr. Chandrababu Naidu was creating awareness.
Addressing a press conference here, the TDP leader dared the Jagan regime to book cases against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for spreading panic in the nation by talking about new mutants likely to create havoc. Many foreign countries were blocking travellers from India and strictly enforcing 14-day isolation considering the severity of infections in the country. Can the PM’s comments be blamed for this hostile scenario?
Mr. Pattabhi said the AP Government’s allegations against Naidu were baseless considering the fact that it was true the CCMB scientists first found the N440K variant in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh.
TDP decries ‘false case’ filed against Lokesh
Former Minister and TDP Politburo Member Kalva Srinivasulu on Saturday slammed the Jaganmohan Reddy Government for filing a ‘false case’ against TDP National General Secretary Nara Lokesh just for making a comment on social media.
Mr. Srinivasulu asserted that it was at the instance of YCP MLA Kapu Ramachandra Reddy only that some miscreants attacked TDP social media representative Maruti. The TDP was strongly believing this. The continuing filing of fabricated cases against Lokesh and others would not terrify the TDP leaders as they would continue to question the oppressive actions of the ruling party leaders.
In a statement here, Mr. Srinivasulu said that some unwanted elements formed a vicious circle and started looting the public resources in the Rayadurnam assembly constituency limits. It had become a habit for them to attack all those who would question their illegal activities. Most alarmingly, they were implicating the innocent public in false cases.