Hyderabad, April 1 : YSR Congress Honorary President YS Vijayamma along with the party MLAs and MLCs will go an indefinite hunger strike from Tuesday in protest against the hike in power tariff and the anti-people policies of the Kiran Kumar Reddy government.
“The party leaders will meet YS Vijayamma at her Lotus Pond residence and pay tributes to YSR at Punjagutta circle and the martyrs of Basheerbagh firing before sitting on the indefinite fast,” Party senior leader Konathala Ramakrishna told reporters here on Monday. The other agitation programme announced earlier will remain intact. “We have been in the forefront in taking up people’s issues and have moved a no confidence motion against the Congress government for its callous attitude towards burning issues.
The main opposition TDP has kept away from the voting and the Kiran Kumar Reddy government has gained muscle and has now audaciously taken such brazen steps of increasing the power tariff. Had the main opposition voted against the state government, things would have been different,” he said.
There are different tones within the Congress on the issue with Union Minister K Chiranjeevi, PCC Chief Botsa Satyanarayana and senior leader V Hanumantha Rao speaking against the government. We demand that the leaders mount pressure on the high command and see that burden is not passed on to people”, he said.
Our other agitation programme includes, holding dharnas on April 3 at all the assembly constituency headquarters. We will hold People’s Ballot (Praja Ballot) starting from April 5(Jagjivanram’s birdthday) to April 14 (Dr BR Ambedkar’s birthday). This ballot will be carried out at all mandals, municipalities and major panchayats. The exercise to give voice to the public opinion, he said adding that YS Vijayamma will lead the party in all the agitation programmes.
On April 9, the party will observe the completion of 10 years of YSR’s Praja Prasthanam and will rededicate ourselves to the spirit of the padayatra which has changed the political course of the state. The political scenario today is very much the same as it was when YSR started the padayatra on April 9, 2003, he said.
The Kiran Kumar Reddy government looks like an extension of N Chandrababu Naidu’s term, he added. INN