Telugu Desam tries to pin down YSRC with scam talk
Hyderabad: The TD and Opposition YSR Congress traded charges as they debated the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address on Monday.
The TD’s strategy to pin down the YSRC through allegations of corruption by late chief minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy fell through when Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy came armed with data on economic and hum-an development during Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s previous stint and that during the decade when Congress ruled AP.
TD leader Dhulipala Narendra Kumar’s speech, centred around scams that hit the Congress and its former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.
“Be it YSR or Rosaiah, we fought against everyone. Nobody was happy in this state. Hyderabad became a scam capital,” Mr Kumar said.
Most of the debate revolved around tainted land allocations during the Congress rule. Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy and his party protested during the speech and said the TD should confine to the Governor’s address.
“They should speak on Governor’s address. Why are they repeatedly invoking YSR’s name who died five years ago?” Mr Jagan asked.
The TD, however, said it was only talking about the wrong policies of the previous government. Labour minister Kinjarapu Acchannaidu said, “There is no vendetta. It is only about the 10-year-Congress rule. We have returned to power and are telling the people what happened.”
Mr Jagan found fault with the Governor repeatedly stressing on “malgovernance during the last decade” in his speech. He put numbers on the GSDP, per capita income and HDI comparing the TD and Congress rules.
“During 1994 to 2004 (Naidu time), GSDP growth was 5.72 per cent per year, but from 2004 to 2014, it rose to 8.23 per cent per year. Per capita income rose from '25,321 in 2004-05 to '89,214 in 2013-14,” he stated. Finance minister Yanamala Ramakr-ishnudu continuously intercepted him saying per capita incomes generally rise with time.
The YSRC leader criticised the TD for supporting the BJP when they had helped passed the Reorganisation Bill in Parliament. He also cited the SLBC report saying which put the amount of farm loans at '1.37 lakh crore and asked how was the government planning to waive this. “I asked my advisers why can’t we do the same for farmers and they said it is impossible to implement,” he said.