Y S Sharmila, daughter of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhar Reddy and incumbent CM Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, today slammed Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao for various instances of "negligent" governance.
Speaking at a meeting of YSR loyalists in Medak district, she said that it was unfortunate that the CM's native district still had 20 drought-hit mandals even after the TRS regime had been in power for two terms, and added, "Medak is the birthplace of popular balladeer Gaddar, who had penned many revolutionary songs that motivate our people even today. It is also the birthplace of poet Nandini Siddha Reddy. Why then is the CM neglecting the district?"
The leader then went on to highlight a number of other problems in Telangana.
Claiming that the pollution in Medak's in Patancheru industrial area was increasing with every passing day, she lambasted the KCR government for its failure to take steps to control the same.
Sharmila recalled that her late father had launched the Rajiv Aarogyasri scheme from the district, and said that he had dreamt of making 5.19 lakh acres of land in Medak arable through the Pranahita-Chevella lift irrigation scheme. Referring to the current government's decision to redesign the irrigation projects of the state, she asked what the rulers had achieved by doing so.
She also broached the brewing issue of the government's alleged failure to provide the oustees of the Mallannasagar irrigation works, part of the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Project, with compensation, and said, "It is unfortunate that the farmers, who have given up their lands for the Mallannasagar project are being reduced to hold agitation programs to seek the compensation that is rightfully theirs from the state government. The government has also been unjust to the Dalit farmers of the state - it has been snatching their lands from them. All this must stop."
Further, the leader pointed out that Telangana had been witnessing the suicides of several unemployed youth, and asserted that the "negligent" rule of the current regime proved that there was an urgent need to bring back Rajanna Rajyam, the "golden era" of her father's rule, in the state.
Sharmila has been in the news ever since she announced that she would be launching a new political party in Telangana. Recently, she also announced that she would be contesting from Khammam's Paleru
Assembly constituency in the 2024 Assembly elections in the state.