YSR Congress party president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has found yet another salvo to fire at his bete noire Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu. And the salvo is: Naidu’s father-in-law and TDP founder president N T Rama Rao.
Addressing a huge gathering after ending his 48-hour deeksha for the cause of weavers, Jagan said his father late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had a big heart in extending ex-gratia benefit to all the weaver families of those who had committed suicide during the earlier regime of Naidu.
“However, before my father, N T Rama Rao was the only chief minister who had concern over weavers. He had introduced Janata Scheme where a sari and dhoti was packaged for Rs 35. His son-in-law, who usurped power from NTR, had scrapped the scheme in 1998,” Jagan said.
The Kadapa MP alleged that Naidu had claimed farmers and weavers were committing suicides only to get compensation to their families. “Over 200 persons died during his nine year rule,” he said.
He demanded that the State and Central Governments come to the rescue of weavers who are in distress due to the steep hike in input costs and lack of encouragement to handlooms. “I have come here after 13 months and in the meantime 11 weavers committed suicide and the State government has been very callous towards the plight of weavers,” Jagan said.