AP CM threatens dharna, fast to promote toilet construction

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Jan 2018 08:19:57


Jan 5,


ANDHRA Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has set a March 31 deadline for construction of toilets in every home in the State and threatened to sit on a dharna and hunger strike is the target was not achieved.“I will sit on a silent dharna. I will also observe a day-long fast. At least then you (people) will show some pity (on me) and build toilets,” Naidu said, terming sanitary latrine a fundamental and birthright.

He set March 31 as the deadline for all households in the state to have individual sanitary latrines (ISL) so as to make AP completely open defecation-free (ODF). “My aim is to have a Swachh Andhra Pradesh, a healthy Andhra Pradesh. I have taken up this task as a spirited movement,” the Chief Minister said, addressing a ‘Janmabhoomi’ meeting at Itchapuram, bordering Odisha, late last evening.

‘Janmabhoomi’ is a mass contact programme of the TDP- led Govt. “If you don’t build a toilet...If you don’t have self- esteem…I will come to your village. I will visit your house. I will spend day and night till you all build toilets and only then return to Amaravathi (the State capital),” Naidu said, driving home the need for every household to have a lavatory. “The State’s prestige is being lost and your health is getting affected (due to lack of ISL). Let us all think of a Swachh Andhra Pradesh,” he said. He asked people to undertake “aatmagourava deeksha” (resolve for self-respect) to achieve this.