Jagan tries to woo Dalits in EG
February 8th, 2011
Rajahmundry, Feb. 7: In a bid to woo the Dalit vote bank, the former
MP, Mr Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, attributed credit to the architect of
the Indian Constitution Dr B.R. Ambedkar for initiating the Polavaram
project in 1945 itself when several parts of the present Andhra
regions were a part of the erstwhile Madras Presidency.
Mr Jagan, while addressing a moderately attended public meeting before
kicking off his Harita Padayatra from Ravulapalem in East Godavari to
Polavaram in West Godavari with the demand for according national
project status and also for expeditious execution of the project, said
at Ravulapalem on Monday, that the execution of the project was
pending for several years.
He said that drawing inspiration from the efforts of Dalit leader B.R.
Ambedkar, his father and late chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy,
had initiated major steps for the execution of the project.
Underlining the importance of execution of the Polavaram project, Mr
Jagan said that after the verdict of the Krishna tribunal with regard
to sharing of Krishna waters, the state's share had gone down to 65
per cent from the existing 75 per cent and said that the state had
lost rights on surplus waters of the Krishna.
In such a situation, he felt the need for execution of the Polavaram
project for irrigation facilities to the Andhra, Telangana and
Rayalaseema regions. He reiterated his appeal to the Centre to accord
national project status to the Polavaram project and also felt the
need to expedite the execution of the project.
Vehicular traffic on NH 5 at Ravulapalem junction was affected for
about three hours between10.30 am and 12.30 pm as Mr Jagan's
supporters erected a huge dais almost next to NH 5 close to
Ravulapalem police station.
Several leaders spoke at length until Mr Jagan arrived and addressed
the gathering for a few minutes.
Several speakers including, Ms Roja, lambasted erstwhile PR chief, Mr
K. Chiranjeevi for merging it with the Congress.
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