Naidu`s padayatra to gain political mileage: Cong
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 21:05
Hyderabad: Training their guns on TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, Congress on Thursday said that his 'padayatra' aimed at highlighting farmers' problems was only to gain political mileage.

"Naidu began his 'padayatra' in Anantapur district yesterday. We thought he would make constructive suggestions to the government on mitigating the sufferings of farmers. But, Naidu's only aim appeared to be gaining political mileage," Anantapur Lok Sabha member A Venkatarama Reddy and several other Congress legislators told reporters here.

Alleging that Naidu had totally neglected agriculture during his nine-year long tenure as Chief Minister, Reddy claimed that the TDP chief was trying to win over the farmers now by highlighting their problems.

"Naidu had earlier described agriculture as an unproductive and wasteful profession. He had said free power for farmers was never possible," Reddy said.

The Congress government in Andhra Pradesh has been providing free power to farmers since it came to power in 2004 and implemented various other major benefits like loan waiver, increase in the Minimum Support Price for farmers, he said.

"The Kiran Kumar Reddy government has now decided to provide interest-free loans to farmers. We have represented the drought in Anantapur district to state government and it has agreed to provide input subsidy to the tune of Rs 255 crore among several other measures," he said.

Asked why the Congress leaders were not so vocal in condemning the criticism made by Kadapa MP Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy against the state government, the MP said they responded in equal measure over the criticism against the government.


First Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 21:05

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