“BJP declares war on poverty. Eradication of deprivation and uplift of the last man in society is our mission. This is our antyodaya agenda. Poverty can be removed in the country in just five years through good economic policies, e-governance and developmental programme,” exhorted Shri Nitin Gadkari, national president of BJP, while addressing the deprived sections of six districts of North Telangana at Karimnagar on October 18, organised by the Martyrs’ Memorial Research Institute (MMRI).
About 3,000 sufferers including a large number of women belonging to farmers, weavers, beedi labourers, Gulf immigrant families, Vanvasis and Singareni Coal workers participated in the function.
Shri Gadkari said he particularly came to Karimnagar to interact with the poor because Naxals were active in North Telangana for several years. They have killed many people and many of their cadres also lost their lives. I wish they appreciate that there is no alternative to democracy despite some shortcomings in it.
Shri P Muralidhar Rao, national secretary of BJP and a founder trustee of MMRI, presented a 25-point Charter for the faster economic development of North Telangana, which include two super speciality hospitals one at Utnoor in Aliabad district and another at Bhadrachalam in Khammam district in tribal belt, development of Godavari as a National Inland Water Way with Manchiryal, Eturunagaram and Bhadrachalam as inland ports, generation of 3,000 MW power utilising Godavari Waters.
Shri Muralidhar Rao appealed to the State and Central Governments to take urgent steps for the release of 20,000 migrants languishing in jails in Gulf countries.
Prof SV Seshagiri Rao, member of the National Executive of BJP, narrated the unbearable level of deprivation in North Telangana.
Six parallel sessions were held to listen to the woes of the poor. Smt Jaya Jaitley, well known social activist, Shri Devender Sharma, columnist and expert on WTO, Dr Vijay Sonkar Shastry, former Chairman of SC & ST Commission, Shri RV Subbarao, activist of unorganised labour of BMS, also guided the proceedings. Several professors of Osmania and Kakatiya Universities participated and provided inputs for a deeper understanding of the problems of rural poor. Some of the sufferers broke down while narrating their miserable living.
The MMRI displayed heart-rending visuals, cartoons and photographs at the venue. Many participants vainly tried to hide their tears. The programme was conducted by Prof D Manohar Rao, Chairman of MMRI. Dr G Manohar Reddy, secretary proposed a vote of thanks. (FOC)