Chandrababu government is indulging in painting dreams

The Andhra Pradesh Leader of Opposition and YSR Congress Party Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy began his public meeting in Mummidivaram constituency in East Godavari district amid thunderous rounds of applause and showers of affection from people and party workers.

Thousands of people matched steps with the people's leader and accorded a warm reception. Addressing a huge gathering of people here, the YSRCP Chief thanked everyone who walked alongside me during the course of his padayatra today. "I fold both my hands and bow down my head in reverence to all of you who assembled here," he said.

The Konaseema region has a lifeline in the Godavari river, yet the people of the state do not have drinking water and irrigation to the farmlands, YS Jagan said. Various petroleum industries prevail in this region, but unemployment is on the rise in this region, he added.

"I spoke with a few farmers, who have explained their sorry state in the last four years, he said. The government did not provide the minimum support price (MSP) for the rice and coconut farmers, YS Jagan remarked. The price of the coconut crop is meant to be Rs 1,500 per quintal, but the Chandrababu government is failing to give at least Rs 1,200, the opposition leader noted.

Farmers of this region, who are in distress, have informed me that the rice crop is hardly given a price of Rs 1,130, while the MSP is Rs 1,550, YS Jagan said. "Former Chief Minister, late Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy striven for the welfare of the delta region. Dr YSR began several water schemes but this government completely failed in implementing them. Many drinking water projects in I. Polavaram, Katrenikona and Mummidivaram have been shut down by the TDP government," YS Jagan said.

In 2011, farmers from this region declared a crop holiday in demand for irrigation waters in the month of June, in time for the cultivation of rice crop, YS Jagan remembered. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu promised water in the first week of June in 2014, yet, even after four years, there is no progress in the situation, he alleged. Even after Chandrababu was shown the yellowish water by local women, he has failed to address the drinking water problem, he criticized.

Around 40 villages in this region including Kothapalem, Chakalipeta, Gollapeta, cherrayanam, Valasa Dibba, Vetlapalem etc continue to suffer with the drinking water issue, even though the region is close to the coast-line, the YSRCP chief said.
"After I have promised electricity for Rs 2 per unit to acquatic farmers, Chandrababu realized it and decided to reduce it,"

he said. The Chandrababu government is indulging in painting dreams, six months before elections, YS Jagan remarked.
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