Hyderabad: “What the youth need today are 21st century politics promoting growth, opportunity, justice, and integrity; not the dangerous 19th century cocktail of feudalism, dynasties, crony capitalism, perpetuation of poverty and corruption,” said the Lok Satta Party on Saturday, in response to the slew of schemes announced by the YSR Congress Party during the first day of its plenary session in Kadapa on Friday.
“The YSR Congress Party, founded by YS Jaganmohan Reddy is indulging in competitive populism and brandishing dynasty in its bid to come to power,” Lok Satta Party working president DVVS Varma said.
Referring to the virtual election manifesto unveiled by Mr Jaganmohan Reddy at his party plenary at Indupulapaya in Kadapa district, Mr Varma underlined that the sops that the Kadapa MP is dangling merely perpetuate poverty since they do not help people become self-reliant.
Mr Varma pointed out that Mr Jaganmohan Reddy has not spelt out policies that enable everyone to have quality education, healthcare and employment opportunities, make agriculture remunerative, and eradicate corruption.
“For instance, the Arogyasri scheme in which Mr Jaganmohan Reddy reposes total faith will not help everyone access medical aid for every disease in a facility of his or her choice. Expensive corporate healthcare benefiting a small number of patients has not helped the majority of people,” the LSP leader said.
He added that the state government is already providing free education facilities to most of the students. But unless it ensures quality education and links it with skill enhancement, it will be of little use.
“The YSR Congress does not talk of unshackling agriculture from the license permit raj and giving farmer the freedom the sell his produce wherever he wants. His promise to distribute an acre of land to every landless family in the State is unrealistic because land is a finite resource and cannot be manufactured like matchboxes in a factory,” Mr Varma said.
Mr Varma, however, welcomed Mr Jaganmohan Reddy’s offer to put an end to illegal liquor outlets known as belt shops in villages. At least in this respect, he is trying to undo his father, Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s legacy, added the LSP leader.(INN)