Hyderabad: The Telugu Desam party president, Mr Nara Chandrababu Naidu, has alleged that there was ‘Jungle Raj’ in the State as neither the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, nor the Home Minister, Ms P Sabita Indra Reddy, visited Kakarapalle where three persons were killed in police firing. He has decided to visit the spot of the incident on March 2.
Disclosing this at a media conference in the TDLP Office on the premises of the Legislative Assembly here, Mr Chandrababu Naidu, along with the party floor leader in the Council, Mr Dadi Veerabhadra Rao, said that he along with the party leaders would visit the spot of police firing at Kakarapalle in Srikakulam district. Though the incident had taken place at 12 noon on February 28, the government has no full information till 9 am on March 1. The villagers were agitating against the thermal power plant for the last 195 days.
Strongly condemning the killing of three villagers in police firing at Kakarapalle, he reminded that one person was killed at Gangavaram police firing incident, five youth were killed in police firing after Mecca Masjid Bomb blast, three people in police firing at Sompet and seven local people died in police firing at Mudigonda. There are best examples to prove that the government was using police forces against the protestors. He reminded that the government has taken three hours to prepare a statement on the incident. The government has also not given scope for discussion on the statement, which was made by the Home Minister on the incident in the House, he regretted.
He found fault with the government for permitting setting up of power units of total 50,000 MW power generation in the State as the generated power was only to make business by selling it to other States. He stressed the need to review the proposed power projects in the State. He also questioned whether the government would turn the State into a dump yard. He opined that the setting up of series of power projects would definitely have impact on the ecology and would create hardship to the people living in the nearby areas. The power units should be set up to meet the requirement of the electricity, he felt.
Strongly criticizing the Chief Minister, Mr N Kiran Kumar Reddy, for suggestion that the entire Opposition should come out with an agenda for running of the House, Mr Naidu said that it was the responsibility of the Speaker and the government to ensure smooth running of the House. Reminding that the PRP and MIM have come forward to support Kiran Kumar Reddy government if it falls in minority, he, indirectly referring to the MIM members, who disrupted the House on Tuesday, questioned as to why the government has not convinced such a cooperative party. He alleged that the government was not interested to run the House and discuss the issues being faced by the people.
Replying to a question on the Congress leader, Mr J C Diwakar Reddy, calling on him to seek support for boycott of Assembly by the Seemandhra MLAs, the TDP chief made it clear that neither Mr Diwakar Reddy nor any other Congress leader have guts to ask him that.
“I directed the Telugu Desam legislators to abide by his decision before him and act as per the aspirations and sentiments of the people outside”, he clarified. (NSS)