Whenever there is a major accident resulting in large number of casualties, it is nothing but natural for the Opposition parties to blame the government of the day, holding it responsible for the same.
The YSR Congress party also did not lose the opportunity to take the Chandrababu Naidu government to task for the Tuesday’s tragic boat accident near Devipatnam in East Godavari district.
YSRC president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy described the deaths of girijans in the boat tragedy as nothing but murders committed by chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his inefficient government.
“Naidu government has miserably failed to ensure security and safety of passengers travelling boats and ferries. The chief minister and his cabinet colleagues should be held responsible for the accident,” Jagan said, speaking to media at Rama Rao Gudem in West Godavari district.
Pointing out that three major mishaps had occurred in a span of six months in Krishna and Godavari rivers, the YSRC president said none of the boats and ferries operating in the two rivers had fitness.
“This is mainly because the boat operators heavily bribe the officials in which Naidu and his son Lokesh had a share. That is why they are keeping blind to the illegal operation of boats resulting in accidents,” he said.
Jagan said the government had not taken any action against those responsible for the Krishna river boat tragedy in which 21 people died early this year.
“Even during Godavari pushkarams, 29 people died in stampede only due to Naidu’s inefficiency. The so-called inquiries ordered by the government were just an eyewash,” he said.
He demanded that enquiries should be ordered into the alleged corrupt deals of Naidu and his son, rather than on the officials.
“Naidu and his son should be prosecuted first for their acts of omission and commission,” Jagan said.