Vijayawada: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday slammed the Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSRCP government for increasing the electricity rates six times in just two-and-a-half years.

Mr. Naidu was speaking at a party meeting.

The TDP has resolved to step up its agitation to demand rollback of hike in electricity charges by holding protests from 4 to 31 October. The agitation will comprise awareness events, meetings at village- and mandal-levels, visits of MLAs and in-charges, and zonal-level protests. The YSRCP increased electricity charges even at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic when people were suffering, they said.

The TDP leaders said it was high time that people denounce and reject the lopsided policies of the state government. The previous Chandrababu regime did not hike a single rupee in electricity charges during its five-year rule while Jagan came to power by promising no hike in electricity charges but broke that promise in his usual inimitable style, they alleged.

They added that the Jagan government has put a burden on the power sector of Rs. 36,102 crore in the past two-and-a-half years. The TDP said an additional burden of over Rs. 11,611 crore was put on the people in the form of hikes in electricity charges six times. Another huge burden was imposed by taking Rs. 24,491 crore loans through the AP Power Finance Corporation Limited (APPFCL). They urged the people to protest and bring the YSRCP government to its knees.

Expressing concern over the “drug mafia” activities, the TDP said thousands of crores were changing hands at the orders of Tadepalli (CM camp office). Mafia is ruling the roost in drugs import, ganja, gutka, liquor, mines, sand, and land grabs, the TDP alleged, adding that thousands of crores of these illegal funds were going to foreign countries.

Claiming that YSRCP leaders have emerged as drug dons and smuggling kings, they expressed doubts about Jagan’s name being included in the list of 380 Indians named in the Pandora Papers list of tax evaders.

The TDP alleged that spurious liquor was being made in the state and there were fears of drugs being mixed in the liquor. Illegal money made in liquor business was being sent to other countries through hawala route, they further said.

They accused the state government of …….


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