Muramalla (East Godavari dt.): Praja Rajyam president Chiranjeevi has expressed the resolve to achieve total prohibition if the party comes to power. The focus will be initially on removing belt shops. The PRP is also committed to implementing the Rs. 100 package of food items on which it has done the homework. The party’s intention is to reduce the cost of living but not to merely compete with other parties in using populism as a means to garner votes.
Addressing a press conference here hours before winding up his Praja Ankita Yatra of East Godavari district on Tuesday, Mr. Chiranjeevi said his party announced a slew of welfare schemes on the basis of expert advise and there was no reason why it could not keep its promises.
The PRP might face difficulties in fulfilling the people’s aspirations but it firmly believed that nothing was impossible if corruption was checked. The PRP also decided to do its best to secure the State’s share in K-G basin gas reserves discovered by Reliance Industries Limited and to set up State Gas Corporation if the need arose. The State’s share would be protected first before thinking of gas supply to domestic consumers.
“The Chief Minister is giving a wrong picture that I am opposed to Rajiv Arogyasri and Jala Yagnam whereas my stand has been consistent that corruption is defeating the purpose of those schemes. It is understandable that the Chief Minister is trying to mislead the people and, by doing so he is acknowledging that the PRP has grown into a force to reckon with,” observed Mr. Chiranjeevi.
Mr. Chiranjeevi said security was a big problem in East Godavari district as the police have apparently failed in doing their duty properly. His entourage could move with great difficulty particularly in Konaseema area but the police appeared to be unconcerned as there was no crowd control at all. However, he was told by Superintendent of Police Y Nagi Reddy during a telephonic conversation, that some PRP leaders sounded confident of ensuring safety of their leader, which was not the reality.
Later, speaking at a packed roadshow at Amalapuram, Mr. Chiranjeevi compared the plight of people of Andhra Pradesh during the Congress and TDP regimes with what Lord Rama had endured in His 14-year-long exile in the forests (Vanavasam). “Bring back Rama Rajyam to put an end to your ordeals,” he said.