Amidst minor protests from Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) president Chiranjeevi today flayed Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy saying that he failed to get adequate support price to the farmers though he always claimed that he was ‘farmer-friendly.’
However, the Nava Telangana Party declared its support to the PRP and Chiranjeevi got a rousing reception at the borders of the Warangal district.
Addressing a series of meetings at Manakondur, Karimnagar town and other places, during his road show in the district, as part of the second leg of his Praja Ankita Yatra, he alleged that the ruling Congress failed miserably in coming to the rescue of the farmers.
The Sriram Sagar project (SRSP) is located in the district but people in villages have not been getting drinking water and farmers not getting water for irrigation. ‘‘The district could not utilise 30 TMC water due to the State Government’s failure in maintaining the project’s canals,’’ he said. He lamented that it was the farmer alone who could not decide the price of his produce while all others manufacturing different products could decide the prices of their products. ‘‘The Punjab Government is giving substantial support price to the farmers where our rulers pay meagre amounts,’’ he said.
Congress is in power at the Centre and in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra but the Chief Minister could not stop construction of Babhali and other projects in Maharastra, he said.
Chiranjeevi said that he didn’t had any intention to join politics till an year ago but was invited by people to serve them.
Likening the coming elections to an examination, he urged the people to pass his party with a distinction and assured first class life if voted to power.
The PRP leaders of Warangal organised cultural activities at Anantasagar, the entry point to the district. Women greeted him with Bonalu and danced Batukamma.
WARANGAL: Chiru’s yatra entered into Warangal district at 8:15 p.m. at Hasanparti mandal headquarters. He was given a warm welcome by the PRP leaders.
The TRS leaders tried to obstruct Chiranjeevi’s yatra at Hasanparti mandal headquarters demanding that he make his party’s stand clear on the contentious Telangana issue. Commotion prevailed for some time when the fans of Chiru and the TRS activists jostled with each other. However, police intervened and sent the TRS men away. The TRS cadre tried to obstruct Chiranjeevi’s yatra at other places including Beemaram, University cross roads and Ambedkar centres.
The PRP president said that youth and women were the major strength to his party. He participated in roadshows till 10:00 p.m.
PRP leaders K Varda Reddy, Dr Lakshmi Prasad, Manda Ilaiah, Errabelli Pradeep Rao, B Sampath Kumar, Karate Prabhakar, Mandadi Ravinder Reddy and others accompanied him.