Firm resolve marks Maro Prajaprastanam


Praja Prashtanam Padayatra by Sharmila took off with a firm resolve to expose
the inefficiency of the State Government and its nexus with the
ever-compromising Opposition TDP, which refuses to move no confidence motion as
the two parties have a common interest in targeting YS Jagan Mohan Mohan Reddy
to establish a bi-polar polity in Andhra Pradesh.

years back YSR has undertaken the first Praja Prasthanam under similar
circumstances with people of all sections being neglected by the then TDP
government and the Kiran Kumar Reddy government is now churning in the same
mould. While Jagan should have been amidst you to carry out his father’s
legacy, since he is confined to jail by vested interests, his daughter Sharmila
is undertaking the padayatra with your blessings to be with the people and assure
you of the golden era of 2004-2009,” Party Honorary President, YS Vijayamma
said before flagging off the Padayatra at Idupulapaya on Thursday.

the two children I have, one is wrongfully jailed and the other one is hitting
the road as YSR family, committed for bringing in a welfare state, has been the
target of Congress, TDP and vested interests. The Congress government has scant
respect for the well being of the people and has been writing off one scheme
after the other besides imposing heavy taxes further burdening the already
distressed common man. Main opposition TDP, which is supposed to raise people’s
issues, has been busy on a secret agenda having a tie-up with ruling Congress
and they are mutually helping each other,” she said addressing a large
gathering after paying homage at the YSR Samadhi with other family members and
Party leaders.

embarking on the 3,000-km padayatra, Sharmila said, “I am carrying out this
padayatra to expose the inefficiency of the State Government and why the TDP,
as a responsible Opposition Party, is not moving the no confidence motion. I
sought the blessings of God, my father, brother YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and you
the people while carrying out this mass contact programme.”

nexus between Congress and TDP has come into the open on more than one occasion
and the recent one being the TDP leaders meeting Union Finance Minister P
Chidambaram hours before Enforcement Directorate (ED), which works under his
Ministry, served an attachment notice on Sakshi Group on the eve of YS Jagan
Mohan Reddy’s bail petition verdict was to be pronounced by the Supreme Court.

TDP leaders were not giving a representation on people’s problems but were
carrying out the orders of N Chandrababu Naidu, who wanted to keep Jagan away
from people as far as possible. Naidu, who has been a silent spectator to the
non-functioning of the State Government, was demanding his pound of flesh as
Congress and TDP wanted to have only a two-party rule in the State,” she said.

popularity of YSRCP has been an eye-sore and the two Parties have come together
in targeting YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, but people’s mandate has always been with
us, she said adding that the Padayatra is a definition of the determination YSR
Congress has for the uplift of the neglected sections.  Farmers, students,
women and all other sections are unhappy with the governance, or the lack of
it, as Aarogyasri fell sick and the acute power crisis and heavy doses of
taxation has burdened the people heavily.

Chandrababu Naidu as a bundle of lies, the mother-daughter duo said his double
standards are wide in the open. The person, who came to power by backstabbing
his father-in-law, has scrapped all the welfare schemes of NTR, including
subsidised power to farmers, Rs 2 –kg rice and total prohibition schemes. Kiran
Kumar Reddy is also following Naidu path by scrapping all the welfare schemes
of YSR.

who is undertaking padayatra, has not changed and his past of treating farmers
as non-entities and agriculture as a wasteful venture will haunt him.

gave a blow by blow account of the contrasting style of functioning between the
YSR term and the present Congress Government style of functioning which is
reminiscent to the nine-year TDP rule of N Chandrababu Naidu.

aside detractors’ versions, Sharmila said; I am undertaking the padayatra as a
primary member of YSRCP. This programme should have been taken up by my brother
Jagan. Since the vested interests have kept him in jail, I am shouldering the
responsibility and this journey has  double purpose of highlighting the
failures of State Government and seeking explanation from TDP as to why it is
shirking responsibility and is not prepared to move no-confidence motion.”

taking the first steps, she took her mother’s blessings and hugged
sister-in-law YS Bharathi. On the first day, she will walk for 13 km. 

(Updated on Oct 18,

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