The TDP and YSRC are pulling out all the stops in their game of one-upmanship against each other. They have been picking on various issues in order to consolidate their position in the State politics.
After a lull, the main opposition party, the Telugu Desam and the YSR Congress have begun their game of one-upmanship for different reasons.
While the YSR Congress is organising protest programmes and raising public issues for consolidating its position, the TDP is trying to plug the holes in it’s fort.
The political fight between the two parties began with the agitation by YSR Congress honorary president YS Vijayalakshmi on the issue of the weavers’ problems in Karimnagar district on July 23.
Realising that the agitation was a runaway success, the Telugu Desam convened a meeting of weaver community at its headquarters and announced its support for the BCs.
The TDP president announced a slew of measures for the development of the backward community if it returned to power after the next Assembly elections.
Similarly, both parties clashed with each other on the issue of gas allocation, berating the Central government.
This time too the YSR Congress scored over the TDP. The party’s honorary president YS Vijayalakshmi shot off a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on August 3 requesting him to cancel the order issued by the minister of petroleum and natural gas that ordered the release of gas to the Ratnagiri plant. She warned the Centre that the people of the State would take to the streets if the party’s demand were not met. After two days of this development, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu too reacted on the issue and dashed off a similar letter to the PM on Monday with the same request.
Commenting on this political fight, the YSR Congress leaders have said that the people of the State have mandated them to play the role of a constructive and a responsible opposition party.
“We are discharging our responsibility as a responsible opposition party. The TDP has grossly failed in this area and left the people of the State in the lurch,” YSR Congress Sevadalam president K Vinay Reddy told Postnoon.
He further added that the party had vowed to stand by the public in troubled times. However, the Telugu Desam leaders ridicule the argument of YSR Congress. They say that the party had always stood by the people in order to solve their problems.
“We never neglected people’s problems. We raised our voice whenever there is a problem,” TDP leader and MLA G Kamlakar told Postnoon.
Meanwhile, the two parties are set to cash in on World Weavers’ Day celebrations being held today. Both the parties have decided to felicitate prominent weaver community leaders on this occasion.
The Telugu Desam Party has also decided to hold these
celebrations at all major weavers’ towns in the State like Mangalagiri, Sircilla, Dharmvaram, Chirala, Warangal and Jagityala.