The death of 18 people who consumed hooch in Mailavaram mandal of Krishna district has given the main Opposition TDP a stick to beat the ruling Congress on the very first day of the new year.
The TDP is planning to gain political mileage by highlighting the government’s failure in containing production and distribution of the ‘toxic brew.’
The recent exposure of a liquor syndicate by the Anti Corruption Bureau, issue and the involvement of many Cabinet ministers, ruling party MPs, MLAs and MLCs in encouraging liquor mafia have added more firepower to the TDP’s arsenal.
Since then, party leaders are leaving no stone unturned in attacking the State government. The party leaders have also demanded the resignation of PCC president Botsa Satyanarayana for his alleged role in encouraging the liquor syndicate.
“The State government has become insensitive to people’s problem. Neither the CM nor the ministers are worried about public grievances. It’s sad that even after the death of the so many people in the hooch tragedy, the CM did not react on the issue. The government has lost the moral ground to continue in power. It should immediately step down,” TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu said.
The former CM announced that TDP would corner the government on its failure to regulate the consumption of illegal liquor and hooch and also create awareness among pubic about the ill effects of liquor. “This is a big issue. We will not leave the government. We will highlight its failures,” he said.
The hooch tragedy may prove to be a blessing in disguise for Naidu whose Rytu Chaitanya Yatras to reach out to farmers received a lukewarm response. Its timing coinciding with the Telangana agitation also made the leaders unwelcome in many Telangana districts because of its ambiguous stand on separate Telangana.
Interestingly, Naidu is scheduled to visit Mylavaram mandal today to console the families of the hooch tragedy victims. The party is also organising dharnas and rasta rokos on the issue.