Congress criticises TRS, praises Jagan Mohan Reddy

Mallu Bhatti asked why the situation was continuing.

Hyderabad: The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has decided to raise farmers’ issues such as shortage of urea, Rythu Bandhu assistance not being paid, work not initiated to implement farm loan waiver and health issues during the Asse-mbly Budget session that starts on September 9.

This was decided at a meeting chaired by CLP leader Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, which discussed the issues to be raised in the session.

Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting, Mr Mallu Bhatti said that in the past Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had alleged that Telangana farmers were being made to stand in long queues by the undivided AP government and had promised that this would end after the state was formed.

Mr Mallu Bhatti asked why the situation was continuing. He said that agriculture minister Niranjan Reddy had earlier worked as Vice-Chairman of the Telangana Planning Board and this experience should have helped him in handling the portfolio.

But it was unfortunate that Mr Niranjan Reddy had compared farmers standing in queues for urea with people waiting for cinema tickets. He demanded an apology to the farmers.

He said that under Rythu Bandhu, the state government had to release Rs 1,300 crore to farmers and in the same way under waiver of farm loans and crop insurance, the state government has to release Rs 1,500 crore. He said that after the formation of Telangana state there was no change, except changing the board AP to TS.

On the matter of defections, he said the record of AP CM Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was far better than that of Mr Rao.

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