The Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan had given two weeks deadline to the state government to resolve the sand issue. The Jana Sena chief took out a massive rally in Visakhapatnam on Sunday in support of the building workers and the present sand crisis.
The rally was supported by the Telugu Desam Party, while the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress and the Left parties kept themselves away from it. Though Pawan Kalyan invited all the opposition parties to join his rally, the BJP rejected the offer on the ground that there was no need for the party to support any party in AP as it was planning to the main opposition slot. The Left parties too refused to be part of the protest because the Jana Sena chief had invited the BJP.
The Jana Sena chief said that he would also take up the long march in Amaravati if the government failed to restore sand in the state. He dared the government to prove what development it had done in the last five months in office. “You have started with demolition and people will demolish your government if you fail,” the Jana Sena chief said.
Pawan Kalyan discounted the ruling party’s claim the rivers are witnessing floods and sand excavation is a problem. He wanted to know whether the government could not make an assessment of foods in advance. “Don’t you have mechanism to assess the floods in advance and make alternative arrangements,” he asked.
The Jana Sena chief volunteered to complain to the Central government against the State if it continued to fail to deliver. Set the house in order or else the Jana Sena would not leave this government for its failures, the Jana Sena chief said. While referring to the sand crisis, Pawan Kalyan said that the State had witnessed the suicidal death of 36 construction workers because of the sand problem. He asked the government to pay Rs 5 lakh compensation to each of the families.
It is now to be seen what this government would do in response to the Jana Sena call and what Pawan Kalyan would do to get his demands addressed by the government.