Andhra sand crisis: Chandrababu Naidu begins 'Sand deeksha' protest

South India

VIJAYAWADA: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday has begun 12 hours Deeksha at Dharna chowk protesting against the failure of the YSRCP government to solve the sand shortage problem in the State.

He also hit out at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy over sand crisis issue and demanded the state government to release sand free of cost to save lakh of workers in the construction sectors.
In the backdrop of lakhs of construction workers lost work due to non-availability of the sand in the State,  Chandrababu Naidu has decided to observe one-day Deeksha at the  Dharna Chowk.
Before sitting on 12-hour long 'Sand Deeksha' fast, Naidu took to Twitter and demanded an ex-gratia of Rs 25 lakh each for kin of suicide victims.
"I am undertaking Deeksha to press 3 demands: Reintroducing Free Sand Policy, awarding Rs 25 lakhs ex-gratia to families of suicide victims", he tweeted.
He also demanded compensation of Rs 10,000 per month for every construction worker who has lost livelihood in the last 5 months.
In another tweet, he targetted Reddy over shambling of the construction sector and said that he must wake up before its get too late.
"YS Jagan Reddy's mafia has created artificial sand crisis leading to 50 construction workers committing suicides. Their families are devastated. The construction sector is in shambles affecting 30 lakh people. He must wake up before it's too late," he said.
The TDP has launched attack on the YSRCP government for the past few months on the failure of the government to address the sand problem and has been alleging YSRCP of fueling artificial scarcity and illegal transportation of sand in Andhra Pradesh.

With inputs from media report
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