Naidu demands fuel price cut by Rs. 17 per litre

TDP chief says Jagan promised country’s lowest prices in AP
AP petrol Rs 16.75 costlier than that of Chandigarh
All other States cutting fuel rates except AP Tughlaq rule
AMARAVATI: TDP National President and former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Saturday demanded that Chief Minister Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy should fulfill his pre-election promise to make petrol and diesel prices in AP the lowest in the entire country.
Naidu asked why Jagan Reddy was silent and not cutting rates though all other States were reducing fuel burden on the people right now. Going by his pre-poll promise, the Jagan regime should now cut rates by Rs. 16 to Rs. 17 per litre on both petrol and diesel to make AP prices the lowest.
Addressing a press conference here, the TDP chief said that the fuel rates were higher by Rs. 16.75 on petrol and Rs. 16.10 in AP when compared with Chandigarh, and by Rs. 15.70 on petrol and Rs. 10.20 on diesel when compared with Lucknow. Jagan Reddy owed an explanation to the public why the fuel rates were the highest in AP contrary to his promise to make them the lowest in the country.
Naidu announced that the TDP would launch a protest in support of its demand for cutting fuel prices in AP. The party cadres would take part in a one-hour dharna from 12 noon to 1 p.m. at all the petrol bunks in the State on November 9 (Tuesday). The TDP would highlight the problems faced by the people due to high fuel prices, bad roads and lack of road safety. One-hour journey was taking five to six hours due to the absence of road repairs.
Referring to CM’s ‘broken promises’, Chandrababu Naidu asserted that there was video evidence how CM Jagan misled people and said in his pre-poll meetings AP people were crossing the border to buy cheaper petrol in Karnataka. Now, clear proof was available to show that AP fuel was costlier by Rs. 10.42 on petrol and Rs. 12 on diesel when compared with Bangalore. How would Jagan Reddy defend himself in this respect?
The TDP chief said the Central Government reduced fuel prices by Rs. 5 on petrol and Rs. 10 on diesel. Later, all other States positively responded by cutting rates from their share to offer relief to the people. The AP Government was not responding at all on this. The Tughlaq rule was only bent on destruction and imposing more financial burdens on the people instead of improving their living conditions.
Naidu said all sections of people were giving a warm welcome to Amaravati farmers who were doing ‘Nyayasthanam to Devasthanam Padayatra’. There was a good response to the Padayatra all along the route. Even then, there was no realisation in the Jagan regime what a gross mistake it had committed by destroying Capital City. The people gave the 5-year mandate to Jagan Reddy to protect the AP State like a trustee but not to crush its future.
The TDP chief asserted that the people would revolt and throw out the Jagan rule if it did not halt its lawless policies. Over 50 kg of ganja was seized at Kaza toll gate when it was being transported from Vizag to Chennai. What would the DGP say on this? When the drugs mafia links were exposed, the DGP instigated an attack on the TDP national office instead of checking the mafia.
Naidu said that as of now, the whole of agency areas were found to be growing ganja illegally. All these unwanted things were happening in AP because Tughlaq Jagan Reddy was just sleeping in his Tadepalli palace doing nothing to save the people.