Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s call to the people of the state to take up “Nava Nirmana Deeksha” from June 2 to 8, is drawing flak from various sections of people.Not that there is something wrong in the Deeksha – it is basically aimed at boosting the spirit of the people of the state who are still facing the bifurcation blues.
During the deeksha, Naidu is asking the people to take a pledge to rededicate themselves for rebuilding of the truncated state.So far so good. But what is annoying is the way Naidu wants to turn into them into a big show put-up.He is learnt to have allocated Rs 1 crore to each district for organising meetings, mobilising people at one place and making them take a pledge.“It is a sheer waste of money at a time when the state is facing severe financial crunch,” a senior journalist in Amaravati said.
Secondly, there is no need for Naidu to make it a week-long affair.
“First of all, it should be voluntary and not an official function. Secondly, it is enough if they take the pledge for one day and there is no need to take the pledge all through the week.Thirdly, it is enough if Naidu gives an appeal through media or even a live television message asking the people to rededicate themselves for the development of the state. There is no need to organise functions in a big way in all the districts throughout the week,” he said.He said the people had already taken the pledge on the first year of Andhra Pradesh formation and there is no need to organise it every year.
“It is nothing but gross misuse of power and wastage of public funds,” the journalist observed.