YSRCP MLAs are caught between the devil and the deep sea. In the elections held this year, they spent crores to contest and emerged winner in three-cornered contest (TDP-Jana Sena-YSRCP). As many as 151 MLAs and 22 MPs were elected. If we keep aside the MPs, the MLAs had to spend a lot. They made various promises to people. From constructing bridges to schools, roads and buildings, they made all promises. As a result of this, people decided to back YSRCP and the party formed the government in the state. The government has almost completed six months.
However, in the constituencies where YSRCP MLAs were elected not a single development work has been taken up so far. No work can be undertaken without money. With no money at the disposal of MLAs, they are facing allegations from people and criticism from the opposition. They are not even in a position to talk to the government to get funds. As a result development has come to a standstill, causing concern to the MLAs.
In the first six months CM Jagan Mohan Reddy mainly concentrated on reforms. He focused on reshuffle in administration, establishment of village secretariats, prohibition and various schemes. YSRCP MLAs, who are desperately looking for funds, are finding themselves in a spot. There is nobody to hear and address their grievance.
Whenever they are meeting district incharge ministers and other ministers, they are being told ‘where is the money’. The MLAs are clueless as to whom they should approach. Several of them are not even getting appointment with CM. However, some MLAs who are known to raise their voice are meeting CM Jagan to convey their concern. Thus they are trying to get whatever little funds they can. Ordinary YSRCP MLAs are not even getting this chance. They are in a dilemma as they can’t even keep idle because they have made promises to people.
In fact in the very first Assembly session, Jagan had given an assurance. He said his government will give Rs.1 crore to each MLA so that they can undertake development works in their constituencies. A proposal in this regard also came under discussion at a recent cabinet meeting. However, due to the state’s bad financial position, Jagan thought of reconsidering the matter and take a final decision. However, with the new government almost completing six months, the MLAs are finding themselves in a difficult position.