Hyderabad, Feb.7 (NSS): The State BJP president, Mr G Kishan Reddy, here on Monday, demanded that the State government immediately reimburse students’ tuition fee arrears and waive weavers’ loans as promised in the Congress manifesto.
Speaking to mediapersons along with party official spokesperson, Mr N V S S Prabhakar Rao, Mr Kishan Reddy announced that his party would organise dharnas in front of district Collectorates all over the State demanding that the government sanction scholarships of students and settle long-pending grievances of the poverty-stricken handloom workers. Mr Reddy also criticized the government for distorting facts over girl student Varalakshmi resorting to suicide for the government’s failure to release fee reimbursement and scholarship. He also demanded that the government own total responsibility for Varalakshmi’s suicide.
Though late chief minister Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had promised to waive weavers’ loans to the tune of Rs 312 crores, it was atrocious that the government failed to do so even after three chief ministers changed, he lamented. Stating that prices of handloom raw materials went up, Mr Kishan Reddy demanded that the government announce remunerative price along with upward revision of support price for the handloom sector. The BJP leader also announced the party’s support to the Tamil Nadu government-sponsored “Rasta Roko on Highways” on February 9 in support of weavers demands. He also deplored the State government’s action in diverting Rs 700 crores sanctioned by the Centre towards waiver of weavers loans. He felt the need for constituting a special directorate to look into the problems of handloom sector.
Referring to the Praja Rajyam party’s merger with the Congress party, Mr Kishan Reddy slammed Mr Chiranjeevi, who had declared that he would untie dhotis of corrupt Congress leaders and chase them away, for polluting politics by embracing the corrupt ruling party for petty selfish gains. He also ridiculed Mr Chiranjeevi for drowning his “social justice” slogan in the Ganges by joining hands with the very same Congress leaders. (NSS)