Amaravati, Oct 2 (IANS) On a day when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy clapped and hailed the services of the village secretariat volunteers, a bunch of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) cadres on Friday denigrated him with a viral video over some alleged crimes involving village and ward volunteers.
More than a dozen TDP workers stood with hard copies of news reports of the alleged crimes committed by some volunteers across the state. A bearded TDP worker could be seen going around symbolically hitting the volunteers in the reports with a flip flop as he denigrated the grass-roots governance system.
“Today you asked us to clap for the services of the volunteers… Why should we clap? Should we clap for the crimes they have committed,” asked the opposition party worker.
Instead of a round of applause, the TDP worker said he will rain blows with his slipper for the blunders they have allegedly committed.
Some of the alleged crimes he read aloud included molestation, high-handedness, harassment, red sanders smuggling, and crime involving liquor.
The TDP workers said the volunteer system was only fit for mischievous things to be carried out by the volunteers.
The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister had called on the people to clap for the services of the volunteers at 7 p.m. on Friday, taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s similar request while fighting the Covid-19 pandemic earlier.
Andhra Pradesh’s village secretariat style governance system completed one year on Friday.