YSRCP: Roll back power tariff hike proposal


, January 9: Describing the state-wide dharna against the hike in power
charges as success, YSR Congress Party has demanded the Government to
withdraw the proposal to increase power tariff failing which the party will
intensify the agitation.

“The government’s proposal to increase the power charges even after
imposing surcharge is totally not acceptable and the one-day dharna our party
has undertaken had drawn a huge success. We demand the government to withdraw
its proposal and if it does not yield we will intensify our agitation,” party
senior leader Dr MV Mysoora Reddy told reporters here on Wednesday.

The state has sent a proposal to the Regulatory Commission to nett Rs
13,000 crores in addition to the surcharges it has imposed. While the surcharge
for 2008-09 is pending with the Supreme Court, it is collecting Rs 6,000 crores
for the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and it will be collected till 2014.  

The power crisis in the State has been of its own making as it failed to
check the situation. Centre increasing the coal price to match the global
prices has been a wrong policy which only benefited the private
players who got the coal block allotments.

With shortage of coal the power production was not encouraging. The
second reason is the State and Centre diverting our share of gas to other
states, Ratnagiri Power station in particular. With gas being diverted and coal
prices hiked, the power production has come down which and the government
should be blamed for it, he said adding that the Party will intensify agitation
if it does not withdraw the proposal to hike power charges.

Vijayamma flays State: At the
main dharna held at
Party Honorary President YS Vijayamma addressing a big gathering came down
heavily on the Congress for increasing power charges and other fares burdening
the agriculture, industrial and other sectors affecting all sections of the

 The Congress has scrapped all the welfare schemes of YSR and has been
replaying the scenario of nine-year TDP rule which has driven to farmers and
weavers to commit suicide. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed us to take up the
cause of the people and YSRCP will be with the people always, she said.

 She also flayed TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu for his theatrics and
celebration of 100 days record of padayatra. He has many dubious records as he
did not win a single by-election during the past three years and lost deposits
in half the elections along with two MP seats.

She sought the blessings of the people in the signature campaign the
party had taken up to mobilize public opinion against the harassment of YS
Jagan Mohan Reddy and teach a fitting lesson to Congress and TDP when the time

Elsewhere, the party leaders and cadre held rastao rokos, dharnas
and picketed sub-stations.

In Ranga Reddy district YSRCP leaders picketed the sub-station at
Shankarampalli, Maheshwaram while they held demonstrations at Kodada,
Tungaturthi and Bhuvanagiri substations in Nalgonda district.

Party leaders, Jenna Reddy and Mahender Reddy led the protest at
Mahbubabad while dharnas were held at Narsampet and Lakkepalli.

In Karimnagar district farmers held rasta roko at Uppal in Kamalapur
madal. Adi Srinivas led the dharna at Vemulawada and YSRCP leader KK Mahender
Reddy and his followers participated in the protest rally at Sircilla. Party
leader Putta Madhu (Mantani) and Singireddy  Bhaskar Reddy (Husnabad) also
led picketing of sub-stations..

At Tuni in East Godavari and Mylavaram in
Krishna district party leaders held dharnas. Former MLA J Ramesh babu participated in
the dharna.

Party workers stormed Kavali and Dhrmavaram sub stations in Nellore district, Achampet sub station in
, Addanki in Prakasam and Thambapalli
in Chittoor and Lepakshi and Madakasira in Ananthapur districts.

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