Visakhapatnam: It will not be easy for the senior leaders of the YSRC to decide to conduct door-to-door visits as part of the Gadapa Gadapaku program which has been launched in four city districts here, where it has been selected TD leaders were MLAs in the last elections.
Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy, in his meeting with the MLAs, organizers and district presidents, said that the MLAs should spend at least five minutes at each gate to explain each this family in the welfare programs of the government.
He asked the leaders to complete the door-to-door program by March.
The leaders, as per the schedule, will plant trees on Tuesday, celebrate the chief minister’s birthday the next day and start the public outreach program from Friday. But the leaders doubt whether this will be an easy task in the TD-bastion.
“The government has deprived 30 percent of the poor from pension payments, deprived them of white ration cards etc. during these three years of YSRC rule for one reason or the other. The increase in the power bill has resulted in the cancellation of many white cards in the Visakhapatnam East constituency,” said a senior TD leader, Pothana Reddy.
Velagapudi Ramakrishna Babu of TD is contesting this constituency for the third time.
Fisherman Vasupalli Trinadh said his brother had bought an old commercial vehicle through personal finance. At this stage, his white card was revoked.
Residents of fishing village Peda Waltair said half of the families do not receive Rs 10,000 as ‘fisherman’s allowance’ given every year.
“Many people are approaching the secretaries for washing now that they attract the leading party men when they visit their homes,” said a local leader.
The situation is similar in Visakhapatnam constituency where TD leader PVGR Naidu (Ganababu) is MLA for the second time. “The outrage over the deletion of names from the welfare benefits was not confined to the TD constituencies that were won but everywhere. The government is giving rise to the pension by removing the beneficiaries from the list,” Ganababu said.
However, the YSRC leaders are confident that they will be welcomed by large sections of the people because of the benefits they get under the YSRC Act. “Eligible families are getting benefits. The washing is done as per the rules,” said a senior YSRC leader.