Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu high on the success of Nandyal and Kakinada elections is trying to create an atmosphere of celebration in the State. He had already transformed Pushkaras and Telugu festivals as the State festivals. Now he is bent on emulating Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and seems like he desires to be called as Apara Bhagiratha.
KCR with his Mission Kakatiya and Mission Bhagiratha has earned the respect of the people and the leaders for providing water resources to Telangana. He is affectionately called as Apara Bhagiratha by the Telangana people.
Since Chandrababu cannot take credit for the water projects in AP as they have been started by former CM YS Rajasekhar Reddy or by other people, TDP (Telugu Desam Party) have come up with a new idea called ‘Jalasiri’.
According to this program, every pond dug, every lake built, every lift arranged and every bore dug by the government is being identified and TDP ministers, MPs and MLAs have allegedly been told to hold ‘Jalasiri Harathi’ at the water resource and praise Chandrababu as ‘Apara Bhagiratha’ for providing water resources to the people.
Critics say the TDP government is trying to hide farmer suicides, poor people deaths for lack of water in remote areas and other distressing issues troubling the people under this new festival. TDP is making use of the rain filled ponds and lakes as the ideal time for ‘Jalasiri’ to give undue credit to Chandrababu.
The Minister for Water Resources Management, Devineni Umamaheswara Rao asked the people to be a part of the Harathi program. He said that there are 40,817 lakes, 57,957 check dams, that they have dug 6,17,718 ponds and farm ponds and 5,463 percolation tanks, started 1130 schemes useful for the farmers and have dug 15 lakh agricultural bores. He asked the people to participate in their respective ‘Jalasiri Harathi’ program.