YCP resorting to election irregularities, says Naidu

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Fear of defeat reason for Jagan’s gimmicks and inducements
Violence and destruction rampant under YCP rule
Pulivendula settlements a daily practice in AP

AMARAVATI: TDP National President and former Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday accused the ruling YCP of resorting to countless gimmicks and election irregularities out of sheer fear of strong resentment among the voters against the Government.

Mr. Naidu said that the ruling party’s sole objective was to win the elections by using force, intimidation and threats against the rival candidates. The Pulivendula settlements formed the basis for creating terror in order to snatch victory in the panchayat elections. This terror culture spread all over the State under the Jagan Reddy regime.

Addressing a video conference with party leaders from all 175 assembly segments, the TDP chief called for victory of their party candidates in all the panchayats in the State so as to put an end to the YCP atrocities and misdeeds. Only when the ruling party was defeated totally, there would be a return of ‘dharma’, protection of religious harmony and protection to the gods’ idols from the YCP destruction. The temple, masjids and churches would be safe if the voters made the correct choice. The village panchayats should see better development.

Mr. Naidu deplored that some officials became spineless pawns in the hands of the YCP leaders. They resorted to heinous acts during the MPTC and ZPTC election nominations in March last year. They did not give caste, no dues certificates to the rival candidates. Physical attacks were made when the contesting candidates went to collect certificates. Nomination papers were forcibly snatched. Kidnaps and manhandlings of rival candidates were done in the presence of the officials. There were also murder attempts which showed the low levels that the YCP would stoop to.

Stating that the TDP would always fearlessly fight the elections, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu asserted that it would continue its struggle against the ruling party on behalf of the people. The TDP was in power for 22 years in its four decades of strong political history. The TDP leaders would not be afraid of the false cases and false arrests being made under the oppressive regime. There was no place for cowardice in this fight for justice and fairness. Only those, who fight for the sake of the people, would win the game.

Mr. Naidu asserted the need for self-rule in the local bodies but not the domination of the outsiders. The outsiders should be prevented from causing harm in the villages. Just as Gandhiji dreamt of ‘Gram Swaraj’, the people in rural areas should aim at their chance for self-rule. The panchayat bodies should be given equal authority at the local level just along the lines of the State and the Central Governments. In any meeting, the local sarpanch should be given respect and honour and top priority in protocol.

The TDP chief said that during their party Government, all the villages witnessed development and prosperity. They got cement roads, greenery and cleanliness all over. There were development programmes like 100 percent CC roads, street lighting, toilets, waste to energy compost sheds, tricycles for garbage collection and Rs. 22 Cr Jala Dhara programme. Farmers were resccued with input subsidy, crop insurance and compensation in times of natural disasters.

Mr. Naidu slammed the Chief Minister for cancelling all benefits to the residents of villages and farmers. His party became a second name for destruction. All development works came to a standstill. Hundreds of people were hospitalised because of the supply of contaminated water in Eluru, Denduluru and many other places. Heaps of uncleared garbage were seen everywhere. Failed street lights were not being replaced. By cancelling input subsidy and crop insurance, the ruling party caused suicides of farmers and rythu coolies.

Mr. Naidu asked whether Minister Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy did not violate the constitution by offering double promotions to the officers who were censured by the State Election Commission. The YCP leaders were destroying the systems and institutions all over. They should be stopped in these panchayat elections. Democracy should be restored in the State by defeating the YCP.

The TDP chief called for the youth to take an active part in the panchayat polls in order to bring back Gandhiji Grama Swaraj in the villages. The young generation should play a bigger role to bring down the oppressive YCP rule. The farmers, rythu coolies and women should take vows to put an end to the atrocities. The BC, SC, ST and Muslim Minorities should teach a strong lesson to the YCP. Every TDP activist should rededicate themselves to protection of the constitution by drawing inspiration from the ‘1984 Save Democracy’ struggle.