Govt thirsty for people’s blood: Sharmila

Pamarru (Krishna Dt)
April 1, 2013: Coming down heavily on the Government for its decision to hike
the power tariff abnormally, Smt. Y. S. Sharmila said the Government seems to
be hell bent on collecting the exorbitant power bills from the people at any

Addressing a huge
public meeting at Pamarru in Krishna district during the course of her Maro
Praja Prasthanam Padayatra on the 107th day on Sunday, she said the
Government is thirsty for people’s blood. It wants to collect the hefty power
bills even by way of extracting people’s blood, she said.

Observing that people
are getting the full bills for nil power, she said the people would have been
spared of the unbearable finance burden of the hike in power tariff if TDP had
supported the recent no-confidence motion in the assembly. Now, Chandrababu
Naidu also should share the sin of the Government’s decision, she said.

Smt. Sharmila said
Naidu was not concerned with the power tariff increase as he was supporting the
Government as part of his tacit understanding with the Congress. “Notwithstanding
the errant power supply, people are being forced to pay,” she lamented.  

Smt. Sharmila said
power crisis has been making life difficult for people, especially farmers. “While
Chandrababu Naidu had hiked the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy to Rs.550
affecting a normal increase of Rs 60 from Rs. 490 after he became CM, YSR hiked
it to Rs.1000. In-post YSR period, the Government has upped the fertilizer
prices by 200 per cent while increasing the MSP (Minimum Support Price) for
paddy by only 25 percent.,” she said.

Even as per the
Government calculations, it costs around Rs.1550 to produce one quintal of paddy
while the MSP is only Rs.1250 per quintal, she said and asked: “How can the farmers
survive with such meager MSP?”

Along with Kiran, Naidu
also is responsible for the plight of the people, she said, adding both
Congress and TDP will be taught a fitting lesson during the next elections for
their sins.

Smt. Sharmila has so
far completed walking a distance of 1460.2 km as on Sunday.

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