A few senior leaders from the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Andhra Pradesh unit have lodged a complaint against the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to the BJP high command during the party meeting held in Rajamahendravaram on Sunday.
The BJP leaders highlighted the issue of the merger of the Central government's welfare schemes with that of the State government and campaign them as the State schemes. “We are feeling very bad that the State government is not even printing the photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the publicity campaign of welfare schemes such as housing, but highlighting only the Chief Minister. This prompted us to bring the notice to our party national leaders,” said Y. Malakondaiah, BJP's East Godavari district unit president while addressing a press conference here on Monday.
Citing examples, Mr. Malakondaiah said that the State government merged its housing scheme with that of the Central government's housing for the poor scheme and handed over the responsibility of identifying the beneficiaries to the Janmabhoomi committees. “Similarly, the LED bulb distribution programme is sponsored by the Central government alone. The State government hijacked the scheme and distributed the bulbs to the beneficiaries in carry bags consisting of the photographs of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu,” he said.
Public meeting: Referring to the BJP's public meeting scheduled to be held at Rajamahendravaram on March 6, Mr. Malakondaiah said that over two lakh people would turn up for the meeting and a campaign at the village level would be launched very soon.