MARCH CRITICISM AND SARCASM
VISAKAPATNAM WITNESSES JANASENA’S LONG MARCH.
PAVAN ROARS WITH HYSTERIC ANGER.
OPPOSITION FIRES AT JAGAN’S GOVERNMENT.
MINISTERS MOCK LONG MARCH AS ‘WRONG MARCH’.
Sand scarcity brewed a verbal war in Andhra Pradesh. Chief Minister Jagan after assuming power decided to close sand reaches until his government amended the existing sand policy. It took his government 3 months to bring the revamped sand policy into force on September 5, 2019. During this period, the construction sector took a blow, both the builders and construction workers suffered. While the comparatively financially stable builders held their nerve, the daily wage labourers lost their livelihood. Meanwhile, floods played spoilsport by further obstructing sand mining. Opposition, being the watchdog of democracy decided to carry the issue on their shoulders.
TDP, BJP, Janasena, CPI, CPM and other parties voiced their concern and severely criticised Jagan’s Government. They claimed it was the government’s inefficiency and poor administrative skill that brought such fate on the state. Janasena party led by actor turned politician Pavan Kalyan decided to organise ‘long march’ to protest the status quo.
Events leading to the march
From June to August, the government intentionally closed the reaches to prevent alleged illegal sand mining. Construction workers organised protests across the state to demand opening of all sand reaches available. Amid these protests, the Government as promised rolled out the new sand policy. Still the supply couldn’t meet the demand, the Government blamed the ongoing floods for obstructing sand mining. This issue provided the opposition, the much awaited fuel.
The question that lingered was, ‘Why didn’t the Government stack up sand while anticipating an imminent flood?’ It was pure lack of vision and inexperience in administration, claimed TDP leaders. BJP too pounced and was quick in criticising the ruling party. The strongest criticism of the lot came on stage from the Janasena Chief. He fired at many YSRC leaders including the Chief Minister and incumbent ministers, Rajyasabha MP and Jagan’s trusted aide Vijaya Sai Reddy too were severely criticised. Municipal Minister Botsa Satyanarayana, Agriculture Minister Kanna Babu, Ambati Rambabu were rained with criticism. He claimed the Government is turning blind eye to the increasing workers’ suicide. He demanded ex-gratia to the victims and set a deadline for two weeks to sort out the issue, he threatened the government with dire consequences if the demands aren’t met. Speaking at the occasion, Ex Ministers Atchen Naidu and Ayanna Patrudu too landed severe punches at Jagan’s Government.
Ministers hit back
Without any further ado, the Ministers and YSRC leader at the receiving end hit back. They mocked that a defeated leader should know his place and guard his tongue. They stated that Pavan’s inability to walk a mere 3 kilometre march is a sign of lack of credibility as a political leader. They further accused that Pavan Kalyan is acting as TDP’s team B. They claimed Pavan used the platform only to personally target YSRC leaders rather providing solution to the issue. They claimed the opposition leaders are using the issue for political gain rather than to provide relief for the victims. They reiterated that the Government is pro people and would solve the crisis on war foot. They promised that the issue would be resolved and urged construction workers not to inflict any self harm. The matter of ex-gratia is yet to be decided.
TDP supremo speaks
TDP Chief and leader of Opposition Chandrababu clarified that his party extended support to the march only on the request of Pavan Kalyan. He announced he would fast in Kakinada on 14th November. He demanded that sand should be priced free. He claimed this would take the burden of the shoulders of the construction sector. He demanded that the Government should curb the illegal transport of sand to neighbouring states.
People first, Politics later
Whoever says whatever, it is the people that suffered and in a democracy the burden lies with the government to solve people’s problem. Rolling back time is impossible but being cautious in the future is essential. Decisions shouldn’t be hasty and any new policy should be rolled out only after estimating repercussions.
– Tarun teja.G