Saturday, January 30, 2010

Kadapa leaders flay Govt for ‘forgetting’ YSR

Kadapa leaders flay Govt for ‘forgetting’ YSR

HYDERABAD: Congress legislators from Kadapa are sore at former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy being ignored in the publicity of government schemes. They allege that ministers and officials are not giving due credit to YSR despite his service to the State on several fronts and making it a model State.

At a review meeting on the implementation of government programmes in Kadapa district, convened by Chief Minister K Rosaiah at the Secretariat here today, Kadapa zilla parishad chairperson Jyothi Reddy pointed to the poor publicity being given to YSR’s contribution.

``The government failed to include at least YSR’s picture in the publicity material and the tableau of Jalayagnam prepared for the Republic Day parade.’’ She turned emotional and cried while recollecting the services of YSR to the State.

Several other Congress legislators joined her and alleged callous attitude to the former chief minister by the government.

Taking note of their sentiment, Chief Minister Rosaiah said that the absence of Rajasekhara Reddy’s picture from the publicity material on various schemes was accidental and assured that the former chief minister would not be ignored under any circumstances.

``The State will remain indebted to Rajasekhara Reddy for his services and he cannot be ignored in the publicity material, especially that on Jalayagnam programme,’’ said Rosaiah.

MLC and Rajasekhara Reddy’s brother YS Vivekananda Reddy demanded that the government adopt Kadapa as a model district and develop it to fulfil the wish of Rajasekhara Reddy.

Interestingly, Rajasekhara Reddy’s son and Kadapa Lok Sabha member YS Jaganmohan Reddy, and Union Minister of State for Steel Sai Pratap did not attend the meeting.

Telugu Desam legislators urged the chief minister not to allow bifurcation of the State under any circumstances.