Fast aimed at creating awareness: Vijayamma

Hyderabad, April 2,
2013: YSRCP honourary president Smt. Y.S. Vijayamma began an indefinite fast here
today along with party MLAs and MLCs saying they have decided to begin the fast
as the Government seemed to be in no mood to reduce the hefty power tariff
imposed on the people.

Addressing the party
leaders and activists before commencing the fast at the new MLA quarters, she asserted
that all agitations being undertaken by the YSR Congress Party are aimed at
creating awareness among the people against the anti-people policies of the
Congress Government and the support being extended to it by the TDP.

She said the state has
been facing unprecedented power crisis after the formation of the state because
of the Government’s lack of vision. “The Government has imposed additional
financial burden on the people by increasing all taxes such as RTC charges,
municipal taxes, water tax and even registration charges. The people are being
forced to bear an additional burden of Rs. 32 000 Cr only through hike in power
charges,” she said adding that they have launched the indefinite fast as the
Government was adamant on the power tariff hike.

YSRCP had taken up
several agitations against the Government’s anti-people’s decisions in the past,
she said, adding that party president Sri Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy had also
undertaken several Deekshas to highlight people’s issues. “Sitting even in jail,
he has been thinking of people’s welfare,” she said.

Chandrababu Naidu

Smt. Vijayamma particularly
targeted TDP president Chandrababu Naidu in her speech saying he had hiked the
power tariff 8 times during his regime while the present Congress regime had
increased the charges four times in the last four years.

She said the APSEB’s
fortunes nosedived during the Naidu’s regime as its pre-1994 surplus revenues had
transformed into Rs. 22, 000 Cr losses after Naidu became CM even as 4000
farmers had committed suicide between 1995 and 2004 unable to bear the burden.

While the worth of
Government properties had come down drastically during the Naidu regime, it
went up multifold during the YSR regime, she said, questioning the right of
Naidu in making tall claims about his administration during his Padayatra. “Instead
of opposing the anti-people policies of the Government, he has been
continuously supporting the Congress party and its Government.”

All our past and
present agitations, including Smt. Y. S. Sharmila’s Padayatra, are only aimed
at creating awareness among the people, she said. 

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