YSRCP to intensify agitation

Press Release

Hyderabad, April 6, 2013: YSR Congress will further intensify the agitation against hike in power charges as the State government has failed to respond to the power crisis issue in the required manner.

The party has given a call to the cadre to picket all electricity sub-stations besides holding dharnas and taking out rallies at all district headquarters to express solidarity with the party leaders who are on indefinite fast here.

“The state government has been adamant and is indifferent to the people’s problems. Though the indefinite fast of our Party Honorary President YS Vijayamma and other MLAs and MLCs have entered the fifth day, there has been no response and our cadre will take up agitation at district level from today,” party senior leaders Konatala Ramakrishna and Dr MV Mysoora Reddy told reporters here on Saturday.

The Kiran Kumar Reddy government has been very harsh on the consumers of agriculture, domestic and industrial sectors and has increased the power charges thrice in three years, they said.

Though the government claims that it has given a subsidy of Rs 800 crores it is paltry when compared to the burden of Rs 5,400 crores and the state has been trying to reel out confusing statistics to get away from its inefficient handling of power crisis. 

The government has burdened the consumers to a tune of Rs 33,000 crores in three years through hike in power charges and in the form of Fuel Surcharge Adjustment (FSA). It has also gone back on the seven hour power supply and in villages there is hardly four hour power supply, they said.

On one hand the power supply is trivial, added to this is the escalating tariff which speaks of the inefficiency of the state government, they said.

Attributing motives to our party leaders who are on fast goes against the democratic norms of the polity and to highlight the callous attitude of the state government our party will hold dharnas, picket sub-stations and take up other agitation programmes like burning of effigies and taking out rallies to express solidarity with the leaders who are on indefinite fast demanding roll back of power charges hike, they said.

The other agitation programmes like praja ballot and April 9 state-wide bandh will be held concurrently, they said.  

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