YSRCP to picket sub-stations on January 9

Press Release

Hyderabad, January 7: YSR Congress will picket sub-stations in all the assembly constituencies on January 9 to protest against the hike in power charges and keeping in view the huge response to one crore signature campaign the deadline has been increased till January 10 while Sharmila’s padayatra will resume once doctors declare her fitness.

"The State government has been very harsh on consumers and has steeply increased power charges and is now planning to further increase the tariff which will burden the common man heavily. In protest against any proposal to hike the charges we will picket all the sub-stations on January 9” Party leader DA Somyajulu and Bajireddy Goverdhan Reddy told reporters, after the Political Affairs Committee meeting, here on Monday.

On one hand the power supply has drastically fallen and there are 18-hour power cuts and on the other, the State government has been increasing tariff in an unprecedented manner. After increasing the prices, it has burdened the consumers by collecting Fuel Surcharge Adjustment charges to mop up Re 7,000 crores and now it has plans to further burden the people with Rs 13,000 crores, they said.

The PAC meeting has decided to hold dharnas at all the sub-stations along with all sections of people as domestic, agriculture, industrial and cottage industry sectors have been affected. This apart, the meeting has also decided to extend the date for signature campaign against the conspiracy of vested interests to keep YS Jagan Mohan Reddy away from the people.

Vijayamma Deeksha

Party Honorary President YS Vijayalakshmi will undertake deeksha demanding justice to cotton farmers and Sharmila’s padayatra will resume after doctors certify her fitness, were the other decisions taken by the PAC meeting, they said.   

The signature campaign to highlight the nexus of Congress and TDP and using CBI as a political tool in the conspiracy against YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has evoked huge response. The one crore signature campaign has so far touched 1.24 crore signatures and people are still volunteering. Keeping this in view the Party has decided to extend the date till January 10 to collect the signatures.

After that we are seeking the President’s appointment and whenever, we get the permission we will submit the letter and signatures urging him to take action on the issue, they said.

With cotton farmers are getting a raw deal, they are being driven to indebtedness due to the wrong policies of the state and centre governments, our Party Honorary President YS Vijayamma will undertake deeksha demanding proper returns to cotton farmers.

The date, time and place will be announced soon. Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) is supposed to purchase 50 lakh bales from the farmers while it has only procured 13 lakh bales so far. While the cost of production per quintal has been RS 5,600 the MSP has been Rs 3,900 and even that amount is not been given directly to the farmer as middlemen are having a cut of Rs 600 per quintal, they said.

The situation of the cotton farmers has been very pathetic and they are being driven to indebtedness. Telangana region accounts for 40 per cent of the cotton production in the state and no political party has taken up their cause so far, they said.

Putting an end to all speculation on Sharmila’s Maro Praja Prastham padayatra, they said, after the knee surgery her condition was reviewed by doctors who advised 3-hour physio therapy daily and she will resume the padayatra very soon from the same place where it had to be stopped, they said.

“We have met the Governor ESL Narasimhan and submitted memorandum on the irregularities taking place in the cooperative elections,” they said adding that a five member committee will review the situation for three days and give a feedback to the Party.

Though the elections are not being held on party basis, the situation will be assessed by the committee comprising DA Somayajulu, Bajireddy Goverdhan, Dr MV Mysoora Reddy, Konatala Ramakrishna and Umareddy Venkateswarlu, they said.

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