Visakhapatnam: Amidst lakhs of fans, followers and workers from around the state, JanaSena’s long march held in Visakhapatnam turned into a new sensation in State politics. Though the fans and party supporters were expected to take the lion’s share in the rally, the workers, plumbers, coolies and daily wage workers turned up in large numbers in an unexpected revelation. Addressing the gathered crowd in the public meeting on Sunday, Pawan lashed out on the Jagan-led government and the sand policy which has taken the lives of six workers so far.
Waging a war against the government, the actor-tuned-political declared a two-week deadline for the AP government to resolve the issues of workers and to provide an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the families of workers who took their lives because of sand scarcity. “Why isn’t the government utilising Rs 1,200 crore of the building workers’ welfare fund? We are giving two weeks of time to the YSRCP government to provide each worker with a compensation of Rs 50,000 and an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakhs of workers who took their lives,” stated the JanaSena Chief. He also declared that if the government failed to do so, he will hold a rally in state capital Amaravati also.
Expressing his concerns over the workers and plummeting development and financial growth of the state, Pawan slammed the government for asking more time to resolve the issue. “Workers’ livelihood depends on the daily wage, unlike the politicians and officials who take lakhs of salaries every month. Can you people stop taking your pay for 5 months?” he averred.
The mega rally started from the Telugu Talli statue in Visakhapatnam and ended in a public meeting where Pawan gave a thundering speech amidst lakhs of workers and supporters and a few of TDP leaders.