AMARAVATI: While the YSRCP proudly speaks about the Polavaram project completion, crop insurance and milk revolution in Andhra Pradesh, the Opposition TDP criticises it by saying it is cheating the public.

TDP national spokesman Kommareddy Pattabhi accused the YCP government of telling lies to the farmers with respect to the free crop insurance payments as mentioned in the latest full-page advertisements given in the media. Pattabhi said that the government claimed to have decided to pay Rs 1,252 crore under the YSR Free Crop Insurance scheme, but, as per the district-wise reports, it was clear that only Rs 918 crore was being paid. There was a difference of over Rs 334 crore which revealed once again how the ruling YCP was openly cheating the people with its falsehood.

Addressing a press conference in Amaravathi, the TDP leader said that Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy himself claimed in the Assembly that 58.77 lakh farmers were being covered under crop insurance, but this number was cut short to 49.8 lakh in the latest advertisements on free crop insurance, whereas, the Union Minister clearly said in the Parliament that only 26 lakh farmers in AP became eligible for insurance claims. “This was enough to say how much CM Jagan and his ministers were betraying the farmers and all sections of people in the state with their utter lies”.

On the other hand, former minister and senior TDP leader Devineni Umamaheswara Rao alleged that Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy was not telling facts to the people of Andhra Pradesh on the issue of completion of the lifeline Polavaram project.

Devineni Uma said that as per the government’s note released during the Chief Minister’s today’s visit to the dam, it was mentioned that less than 1% works were completed at the project site since the YCP came to power. Now, the CM should explain to the public how his government would be able to complete the dam by June2022.