YSRCP: Withdraw power hike proposal

Hyderabad, January 12:
Reiterating its demand to review the proposal of increasing power charges, YSR
Congress has said the Kiran Kumar Reddy government has been very harsh on the
people and it seems that the Chief Minister has vowed to take the Party to an
all-time low in the State.

“We demand the government to
reconsider the proposal of increasing power charges after April which will
burden the consumers by Rs 12,723 crores. Such anti-people decisions will evoke
strong anger from all sections of the society and will spell a death knell to
the party at the hustings,” YSRCP Deputy floor leader Sobha Nagi Reddy told
reporters here on Saturday.

The state has been very
ruthless on consumers and the common man has to bear a burden of Rs 32,000
crores during the three years of Congress rule, if the fresh proposal is
accepted, she said.

On the eve of festival, RTC
has increased the fares and it is also toeing the private path by collecting
variable fares and has also used force at various places, she said.

People are very unhappy with
the governance as they are being taxed heavily, she said adding that bus fares,
current charges, gas and fuel charges have gone up and the festival has very
little for them to cheer up, she said.

Ridiculing the Chief
Minister’s statement that the hike in power charges would not be much of a
burden, she said, SC and ST colonies are being blacked out even if there is a
single defaulter.

The power bills are too heavy
and unprecedented as no other state has imposed such huge surcharge and
reverting to the non-telescopic method of billing will inflate the bill amount
enormously, she said.

Leader of Opposition N
Chandrababu Naidu has been using kid gloves in criticising the State government
by issuing statements like this government has no right to continue for a
single day. Such statements only show off his bravado as he has been shielding
the Kiran Kumar Reddy government since long, she said.

When asked about Sharmila’s
padayatra, she said, Sharmila has been undergoing physio therapy which will
take five to six weeks. Then depending on the doctor’s advice she will take a
call, Sobha Nagi Reddy said.

Refuting the charges that she
has differences with the Party, she said, “I was away in Kerala when party
honorary president YS Vijayamma led the dharna at Kurnool and could not come.”

On red sanders issue she
said, one media channel has been very hostile and has been beaming false
allegations. We have filed a suit for damages as there is no truth in the
story, she added.

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