Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly and YSR Congress Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy addressed a massive public meeting at Kancharapalem in Visakhapatnam, as part of his mass outreach programme, Praja Sankalpa Yatra today.
YS Jagan began his address recalling the rapid growth in the district during the rule of late Chief Minister Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR). "In Vizag, the poor have been provided with houses, the unemployed were given job oppurtunities and several IT companies were established thanks to the rule of Dr YSR. The trajectory of the district's growth has been reversed in the past four years of Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu," he said.
The YSRCP Chief said that in Rajanna Rajyam, an advanced underground drainage system worth Rs 1,500 crore was set up in the city, in addition to a rapid transport system. Within six months, the Kancharapalem-Pendurthi road was built by Dr YSR, he added. Saying that he was proud that 35,000 houses were built during Dr YSR's regime, he remarked that the current government did not build a single house in the district.
"When Vizag Steel was in losses, Dr YSR saved the organization with the Centre's support. Currently, Vizag Steel is running in double the profits, thanks to the efforts of Dr YSR. Organizations like NTPC, HPCL were expanded in Rajanna Rajyam. BHP was closed due to losses, but it was merged with BHEL, saving hundreds of employees from losing their jobs, while the Vizag shipyard was saved by bringing it under the purview of the Defense Ministry. Dr YSR was instrumental in building the pharma city, IT corridor, SEZ and other industries in Vizag, providing thousands of jobs to the youth of the state ," he observed.
YS Jagan said that the local people were fed up with the governance of Chandrababu Naidu, who had delivered on none of his 2014 election promises. Chandrababu's promises of setting up a national sports academy, a tribal university, IT signature towers, Vizag metro rail, a science city, a deep water port, a road alongside the coastline between Bheemili to Kakinada, a large industry in Sampavaram, a Kuchipudi Dance Academy, a sports university and others, in Vizag are nowhere to be seen, he added.
The lands allocated for building houses for the poor under Rajiv Swagruha scheme were illegally given away to Chandrababu's benami and relative MVVS Murthy, he said. The YSRCP chief added that Chandrababu spent Rs 150 crore for the 3-day Vizag Summit.
"The Vizag Port, which has 24 berths in all, is heading towards complete privatization in Chandrababu's rule. Already, 12 of the 24 berths have been privatized. The employee count of 24,000 has come down to 4,000. The port stood no. 1 in cargo handling, but, after Chandrababu came to power, the rank slipped to 5," he mentioned.
YS Jagan said that the crime rate in the city was worsening every year in the last four years. In 2015, 16 murders were registered while in 2016, 20 people were killed. Thereafter, in 2017, 27 murders were registered and till now in 2018, 12 murder cases have been filed.
In Andhra University, out of the 953 teaching posts, more than 550 posts are lying vacant, YS Jagan said. "Instead of boosting government institutions, Chandrababu is encouraging students to join Gitam University, which is owned by his aide MVVS Murthy," he added.
The Leader of Opposition pointed out that earlier every house used to pay electricity charges between Rs 50-100 while now the charges have gone up to Rs 500-1000 per house. He observed that over the last four years the AP CM had hiked the electricity tariff thrice.