Jagan going through The  Hans India newspaper at the airport lounge in Vijayawada
Jagan going through The Hans India newspaper at the airport lounge in Vijayawada

New Delhi/Amaravati: Even as the indefinite hunger strike by the YSRCP MPs – P Mithun Reddy and YS Avinash Reddy – entered the fifth day on Tuesday in Delhi, party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy continued his padayatra, which entered 133rd day in Mangalagiri of Guntur district. 

As Jagan continued his padayatra, people poured out their grievances and Jagan listened to them attentively and promised action after coming to power in th state. He told them that he would restore Rajanna Rajyam, which would dispel agriculture distress by ensuring remunerative prices to farmers. “In those days, farmers used to get up to Rs 16,000 per quintal of turmeric. 

Now, the farmers have to resort to distress sale of even jowar and others. He told that his priority would be to address the problems of the farm sector. Referring to weavers, Jagan said after coming to power, he would take steps for the payment of Rs 2,000 as subsidy to each weaver in the state and ensure pension once the weaver attains the age of 45.

He said the plight of weavers in Managalagiri, Dharmavaram and Venkatagiri was heart-rending. In Dharmavaram alone, 65 weavers have committed suicide unable to make both ends meet, he said. “Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu says that there were no deaths. If he admits that there were deaths, he would have to pay ex gratia,” he said.

Later, the YSRC chief interacted with his two MPs who are on the indefinite hunger strike through a video link, telling them that the entire nation was looking at them for their courage. 

He said the party was solidly behind them and recalled how the party workers had blocked the national highways in the state on Tuesday and how they were going to hold up trains on Wednesday.