CM’s Rs 1 Rice plan gets cold shoulder in Telangana

By Omer Farooq

Even as Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy launched his “Rachabanda” or village junction programme in coastal Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, it ran into rough weather in the turbulent Telangana region as the elected representatives in many places kept themselves away from it.

In Karimnagar district, officials postponed the programme for a week in view of the Telangana agitation. During the programme, government officials and elected representatives were scheduled to visit each and every village to discuss problems faced by people and also create awareness about the government’s welfare programmes.

Addressing a village meeting at Jaggampet in East Godavari yesterday, Reddy said that the purpose of the programme is to solve the problems of the people. “50, 00,000 families will benefit from various schemes during this programme,” he said.

Meanwhile, in Telangana, the focus continues on the agitation as the indefinite fast by former minister and Congress legislator Komatireddy Venkat Reddy in Nalgonda entered its second day on Wednesday.

His camp has been attracting huge crowds as all sections of people and several organisations were extending their support to him.

Addressing the gathering at his camp, Venkat Reddy said that he went on fast to ensure that the struggle for Telangana does not lose the momentum. He hoped that other elected representatives of Telangana region would also enter the agitation soon to exert pressure on the centre to solve the problem.

“I am protesting through Gandhian method. But if the government tries to disrupt it, the consequences will be serious,” he warned.

Meanwhile, the hunger strike by veteran Telangana freedom fighter Konda Lakshman Bapuji at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi also entered its second day on Wednesday.

Rajya Sabha and Congress member K. Keshav Rao visited his camp and expressed his support to the agitation for Telangana state.

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