Government failed to tackle drought: Left parties

Government failed to tackle drought: Left parties
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Highlights

Rayalaseema bandh call given by the Left parties on Wednesday did not evoke much response from people. The government and private offices, business establishments, hotels, theatres and petrol bunks have functioned normally. The APSRTC ran buses unmindful of bandh call. The Left parties gave bandh call protesting against the state government for its failure to protect interests of Rayalaseema regio

Tirupati: The government’s apathy towards the drought situation in Rayalaseema was flayed by the Left parties. The CPI, CPM, AIDWA, SFI, CITU, AICTU and other unions have observed Rayalaseema bandh on Wednesday protesting against the government attitude in tackling the drought situation in the region.

Highlights:

  • Rayalaseema bandh call given by Left parties evoked poor response
  • Leaders of Left parties stage protest at various places, arrested
  • Congress leaders also extended support to Left parties

However, the bandh failed to evoke much response as the police arrested all the leaders, who were agitating and dispersed the gathering. Speaking on the occasion, CPM state committee member V Krishnaiah came down heavily on the government that it has no concern on the perennial drought situation in the backward region Rayalaseema.

Migration of people has become a common phenomenon in this region. Several farmers were resorting to even begging to get their livelihood, he underlined. The government is not releasing the Rs 4,200 crore drought relief funds much to the dismay of the people in this grave situation. Similarly, the government has not released Rs 500 crore input subsidy in Rayalaseema region.

Krishnaiah expressed concern that due to the indifferent attitude of the government, the Rayalaseema region is slowly turning into a desert. The Left parties are only fighting for the cause of this region’s people, he added. He remembered that they have already conducted ‘bus jathas’ in this area to highlight people’s plight.

The agitators assembled at Ambedkar’s statue before the RTC central bus station at 6 am. They tried to stall the buses. After one hour, Tirupati East police arrested the leaders of various Left parties and trade unions including CPM state committee member V Krishnaiah, CPM district secretary Kumar Reddy, CITU leader Kandarapu Murali, CPI state committee member Harinath Reddy, CPI district secretary Ramanaidu, Town secretary Chinnam Penchalaiah, SFI city secretary Giri, District secretary Madhav Krishna, DYFI district secretary Jayachandra and AIDWA district president Sai Lakshmi.

They were shifted forcefully to the East Police Station where they staged a dharna. The Congress party also expressed their solidarity to the bandh and its leader Polakala Mallikarjuna was also arrested by the police. Former MP Chinta Mohan and party district women’s wing president R Sridevi met the Left party leaders and expressed their support to the bandh. Similar scenes were also took place at various mandal headquarters like Madanapalle, SriKalahasti and Puttur.

No impact

Chittoor: Rayalaseema bandh call given by the Left parties on Wednesday did not evoke much response from people. The government and private offices, business establishments, hotels, theatres and petrol bunks have functioned normally. The APSRTC ran buses unmindful of bandh call. The Left parties gave bandh call protesting against the state government for its failure to protect interests of Rayalaseema region.

The Left and Congress parties have staged a dharna at Gandhi Statue here protesting against the police harassment on the party activists, who are taking part in bandh. The CPM leader P Chaitanya and CPM leader V Nagarajan have strongly condemned the TDP government for its anti-Rayalaseema policies. The police arrested the leaders and the workers, who took part in the bandh. Speaking to The Hans India, Industries Minister N Amaranath Reddy has condemned the allegations of the Left party leaders against the TDP government.

Bandh complete

Kadapa: Rayalaseema bandh call given by the Left parties has passed off peacefully in the district on Wednesday. Government and private offices, business establishments, hotels, theatres and petrol bunks remained closed. The APSRTC ran limited services and private transport partially hit by bandh. The CPM activists organised rallies in Kadapa city and other parts of the district.

Addressing the gathering in Kadapa city, CPM state secretary P Madhu alleged that state government has failed to tackle the drought in the Rayalaseema region. He alleged that law and order situation deteriorated completely in the state in the TDP rule. The CPM leader demanded the CBI probe into the murder of YSRCP Pattikonda In-charge C Narayana Reddy. Later, the police arrested the CPM leaders including Madhu and shifted them to the RIMS police station.

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