Amid the on-going sand crisis in Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hit out at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy and demanded a sum of Rs 25 lakh each to be paid to the kin of suicide victims and Rs 10,000 per month as compensation to the construction workers who lost their jobs in the last five months amid the sand scarcity. Before undertaking the 12-hour-long fast the TDP chief took to Twitter to make the announcement of the protesting fast and to press his demands in the wake of the sand crisis.
I am undertaking Deeksha to press 3 demands: Reintroducing Free Sand Policy, awarding Rs.25 lakhs ex-gratia to families of suicide victims & compensation of Rs.10,000 PM to every construction worker who's lost livelihood in the last 5 months.#CBNAgitation4Sand #YCPSandMafia pic.twitter.com/wCQh4x7ofx— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) November 14, 2019
In another tweet, the TDP chief targetted the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister over the stumbling construction sector and said that he must wake up before its too late.
.@ysjagan's mafia has created artificial sand crisis leading to 50 constructions workers committing suicides. Their families are devastated. The construction sector is in shambles affecting 30 lakh people. He must wake up before it's too late #CBNAgitation4Sand #YCPSandMafia pic.twitter.com/LfaoEZYNmM— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) November 14, 2019
Ahead of the fast, TDP MP Kesineni Srinivas, while speaking to the media had said that CM Jagan Mohan Reddy had promised before elections that he would provide sand to every citizen for free but this was already provided by former CM Chandrababu Naidu and people just had to pay for the transportation charges. "Since the time, Jagan Mohan Reddy has come to power, he has abandoned the whole policy," said Srinivas. He added that Reddy has promised to bring a new sand policy for which he had stopped the supply of sand for three months which has led to its scarcity in the state. He also accused the Andhra Pradesh CM of creating scarcity and encouraging the black market in the state.
(With ANI inputs)