Get elected to local bodies, serve people

A view of the party delegates in attendance at YSRCP regional meet in Vijayawada on Saturday

Vijayawada, June 22,
2013: Assuring that the party would solidly stand by its rank and file in
rendering sincere services to the people, YSR Congress honourary president Smt.
Y.S. Vijayamma called upon the leaders to face the local body polls with a
clear strategy aimed at party victory.

Addressing the party
regional meet on the forthcoming local body polls at Vijayawada on Saturday, Smt.
Vijayamma recalled the words of Mahatma Gandhi that Ram Rajyam is possible only
through Grama Swaraj and asked the party leaders to work in unison to bring
victory to the party. She asked them to win the local body polls and work for ushering
in real Grama Swaraj to the neglected villages.

A strong message should
go to the people that you are all here to serve the people and you are always
accessible for the people, she impressed on them.

“You should all become Sarpanchas,
Upa Sarpanchas, MPTC and ZPTC members representing the party in the local body
polls and you should work towards this end forgetting all misunderstandings and
differences among you, if any” she told the huge gathering of leaders and
activists from Krishna and West Godavari districts.

The advent of local body polls is a great
opportunity to prove our party’s strength and serve the people at the grass
root level, she said, adding that YSRCP is committed for serving the people

Lashing out at the
Government for violating even court directions on municipal polls and delaying
the local body polls on the pretext of court judgments on reservations, Smt.
Vijayamma said many of the villages and hamlets are devoid of basic facilities
as Government had delayed local body polls

With the Government not
releasing any grants to them, the villages have been struggling due to continuous
power cuts and jacked up power bills resulting in heavy and unbearable
financial burden on them, she lamented. “Because of the Government’s
unwillingness to conduct local body polls all these years, the villages have
turned into centers of restlessness. The villages are denied even the basic
facility of sanitation,” she said and observed: “Rs. 4000 Cr Central fund of
local bodies was held up due to non-conduct of elections.”

If local body elections
had been held in time, local public representatives would have solved the
issues but the villages and Mandals have been denied this constitutional opportunity.

As the Government has
been cunningly conducting the local body polls just ahead of the 2014
elections, party cadres should take them very seriously as a prestigious issue
and defeat the designs of both Congress and TDP at the local hustings by
adopting a strategic planning.

“You should
particularly be aware of the possible attempts of the two parties to collude
together and resort to illegalities in the voters’ lists in the polls,” she
told YSRCP leaders and activists.

should people vote for Congress and TDP?

Accusing TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu of diverting
Rs.2000 Cr of local bodies to other sectors during his regime, Smt. Vijayamma
said both Congress and TDP cannot show one reason for people to vote them.

“Prices of all
commodities have gone up. RTC charges were hiked thrice, fertilizer prices have
gone up by 300 per cent while Rajiv Yuva Kiranalu has ended as a damp squib. With
diesel, petrol and gas prices increasing and farmers being denied their free
power and with all YSR welfare schemes being diluted with TDP backing, why
should people vote for both of you?” she asked Congress and TDP.

She said YSRCP chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has
become a victim of political conspiracy by TDP and Congress. “He has done no
wrong and he will soon come out of the bail with a clean image.”

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