Hyderabad, April 28, DC: YSR Congress chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said that though he would soon become the Chief Minister of Seemandhra, he would not neglect Telangana.
“Very soon, I will be taking over as the Chief Minister of Seemandhra, but it does not mean that this state will be neglected. YSR is in the hearts of all Telugu people and I assure you that all welfare schemes named in the manifesto will be implemented in Telang-ana as well,” he said.
He said that his sister Y S Sharmila would begin the Odarpu Yatra in Telangana after the elections. “We come to know about the plight of people only through such mass contact programmes and I have learnt the way of life of the poorest of the poor during my Odarpu Yatra, which finds reflection in the manifesto.”
He added, “It is important for political leaders to mingle with people to know firsthand their problems and aspirations. I have spent time with many families and no leader has taken this line of approach so far,” he said.
Recalling the administration of his father, the YSRC president said, “Five years after YSR’s death, he is still remembered by the people as his welfare schemes touched every section of the society and he did not impose any fresh taxes or increase any fares.”
As against this, he said, “We have seen the dark age of Chandrababu Naidu who did not care for farmers, students, women and his policies were anti-people. Pensions and housing were meagre and were carried out on quota system limiting the number of beneficiaries. He ignored poll promises and increased the price of rice from Rs 2 per kg to Rs 5.25,
“Naidu is promising loan waivers, free cellphones and television sets but his past shows that he is not in the habit of fulfilling election promises.”
He also took on the Congress, alleging that after the death of YSR, “it burdened the people heavily and did not bring in a single new project. It instead brought down the values of the political system.”
The YSRC chief also held roadshows in Khammam district on Sunday, where people braved the scorching sun to attend the gathering in large numbers.
Addressing the crowds at Sattupalli, Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy said that his party had every right to seek votes in Telang-ana as his father YSR had worked for the development of the region.
Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy also addressed roadsh-ows at Penuballi, Kallur, Tallada and Wyra.