The ruling BRS party cadre across the state suddenly erupted in anger and staged protests over the TPCC president A Revanth Reddy’s remarks on free power. Mr Revanth Reddy reportedly said there was no need for free power for 24 hours and instead three hours of power supply is enough for the farmers. They could wet one acre of crop in one hour. He was speaking at a meeting in TANA meeting in USA.
Decrying his statements, the BRS working president KT Rama Rao called for a two-day protest across the state. Many took to the streets on Tuesday evening burning the effigies of Revanth Reddy and staging rasta-roko. Mr Rama Rao sought to know from the farmers whether they should lose their free power. The Congress leaders were hatching a conspiracy to take the state backwards and undo the development and welfare the BRS party achieved so far. He urged the people to drive away Congress from the state for peace and harmony. The leaders are impeding the good work done by the state government.
Energy minister G Jagadish Reddy, MLA Palla Rajeshwar Reddy, Panchayat Raj minister Errabelli Dayakar Rao, BC welfare minister Gangula Kamalakar and a host of ministers and senior leaders faulted the Congress leaders hurling profanities at him for his statements. The BRS leaders accused Mr Revanth Reddy of following the footsteps of his former boss TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu. It was Mr Naidu who opposed free power and hiked the power tariff burdening the people. He even ordered firing on the agitating farmers that killed several protestors at Basheerbagh.
Now his follower Mr Revanth Reddy is adopting the same anti-farmer stance talking rudely and mocking the noble welfare scheme aimed at bettering the lives of the beleaguered farming community. In a planned manner, the Congress leaders are trying to undo the good work done by BRS. First, they attacked Dharani and now the free power. The state Congress leaders lacked capabilities and they should depend on leaders of Andhra Pradesh or New Delhi. They cannot think on their own for the welfare of the people, the BRS leaders alleged.
By Gollapudi Srinivasa Rao