Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Restore administration in AP, Appeals Lok Satta

The Lok Satta Party charged today that administration in Andhra Pradesh has come to a standstill because of factional feuds and clashes among ruling party groups.

“Tearing away banners carrying Mrs. Sonia Gandhi’s pictures and thwarting membership drives may be internal affairs of the Congress but not the burning of buses, destruction of public property and disruption of zilla parishad meetings”, said party leaders Katari Srinivsa Rao and P. Ravi Maruth.

Talking to the media, the Lok Satta leaders pointed out that most farmers reeled under the drought while those who reaped harvests were worried over remunerative prices for their produce. Ever spiraling prices of essential commodities and the fast spread of communicable diseases are plaguing people all over the State. Yet even senior leaders of the ruling party continued to remain indifferent to people’s problems.

“How could administration be carried on when Ministers and MLAs threatened to resign?”, they asked and said that most of those in the ruling party did not bother to visit their constituents to address their problems.

The Lok Satta leaders demanded that the national leadership of the ruling party intervene and help restore administration in Andhra Pradesh not deeming it as an internal affair of the party. How could it allow administration to come to a standstill in a State which according to the annual budget spending Rs.283 crore a day? They also wanted all those who indulged in vandalism as part of group clashes to be brought to book so that such events did not recur.

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