Disappearing Sand in Andhra Pradesh creates ‘Sandstorm’ in YSRCP!

Jun 06, 2020 04:41 PM

The corruption allegations over sand reaches in the state of Andhra Pradesh have taken its toll on TDPGovernment in the last general elections. YSRCP Chief, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy successfully built his campaign on this issue to come to power. Jagan promised that he would curb the corruption and make its supply cheaper and transparent. Forget about the corruption, the sand itself is vanishing from its reaches in AP now. And no one is able to trace where the truckloads of sand are disappearing.

Jagan’s sarkar wasted four to five months in the name of bringing a new sand policy after forming the Government. There was neither mining nor sale of sand during the entire period. Hence, the construction activities are drastically affected in the state. The non-availability of sand left many workers in the sector unemployed. Further, the Government’s focus on welfare activity without any development works pushed the AP state into a severe economic crisis.

Making the matters worse, the decision on Amaravati also hit the AP’s economic activity. Finally, the YSRCP Government came up with an online system to book sand at Rs 375/- per ton. This faulty online system made the local politicians, officials, and MLAs to start sand mafia. Now, the people who genuinely require sand are unable to get it. No one is able to discover where the sand is mined from the reaches is heading to.

In this scenario, the voices of dissent are gradually growing in Jagan’s own party over the disappearing sand. Recently, Vinukonda MLA Bolla Brahmanaidu has let his frustration out openly in the review meeting with the Minister for Panchayat Raj Peddireddy Ramachandra Reddy. Bolla stated that he is not able to understand how the trucks loaded at the sand reaches are vanishing before reaching the sand depots.

Few other senior leaders like Anam Ramnarayan Reddy, Dharmana Prasada Rao, and MP Raghu Rama Krishnam Raju also expressed their disappointment in Jagan’s ruling. So, gradually the YSRCP MLAs are feeling the heat from the public. Observers say that many more MLAs might also be not happy with their Jagananna sarkar but are keeping quiet due to several reasons.

Political experts are stating that the disgruntled voices in YSRCP are a sign of growing frustration among the MLAs. It can be either due to lack of a proper channel to communicate with the leader or it might be the growing outrage by being jealous of their colleagues’ corruption in the sand. Hope, learning the art of disappearing sand might cool them off too. However, it will not take much time for a sand storm to turn a fertile land into a barren one with a deserted look.

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