The opposition Telugu Desam Party is getting ready for a straight fight against the government, particularly on issues like closure of Anna Canteens, and non-payment of the two instalments of the loan waiver for the farmers and unemployment stipend to the youth.
The TDP politburo, which met in Guntur on Friday, had resolved to launch agitation across the State to mount pressure on the government to reopen Anna Canteens, which were closed by this government. The TDP government had opened the Anna Canteens just two months before the 2019 elections and wants the new government to continue them. The TDP had promised loan waiver for the farmers and unemployment stipend for the youth in the 2014 elections. However, it had cut the loan waiver promise to Rs 1.50 lakh in the third year and paid three instalments towards the payment. The TDP could not pay the fourth and fifth instalment to the farmers and now wants the new government to pay it. Even the unemployment stipend too, the TDP government started payment in January, three months before the 2019 general election and wants the YSR Congress government to continue the scheme.
The YSR Congress, which had started recruitment for village volunteers and village secretariats offering a little more than 4 lakh jobs, is not ready to pay the unemployment stipend. Instead, the new government wants to open more skill development centers across the state and offer more jobs to the youth. The government had brought new legislation guaranteeing 75 per cent jobs to the local youth in the factories to ensure jobs.
However, the TDP is feeling the heat with the new government’s initiatives and wants to take advantage of the closure of the canteens to get back its popular support. The party wants to have state-wide protest where the senior leaders would join. As a culmination to the protests, the party politburo felt that the party chief Chandrababu Naidu would join the protest in Amaravati and mount pressure on the government to resume the TDP’s programmes.