YSR ‘pulls up’ Gollapalli
Temporary truce to Ministers’ row
Minister for Small Scale Industries Gollapalli Surya Rao on Sunday withdrew his controversial remarks against Panchayat Raj Minister J. C. Diwakar Reddy after he was reportedly pulled up by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Mr. Surya Rao, who levelled serious charges of corruption against his Cabinet colleague at the East Godavari Zilla Parishad meeting on Saturday pertaining to sand ramps auction, handed over a written letter to the Chief Minister here.
Though a temporary truce was reached, Mr. Diwakar Reddy was said to be unhappy at the Minister’s conduct. Dr. Reddy summoned Mr. Rao along with the three-member ministerial committee comprising Finance Minister K. Rosaiah, J. Geetha Reddy and Koneru Ranga Rao. Taking a serious view, he reportedly faulted Mr. Surya Rao’s action.
The panel, which heard the version of the two Minsters separately and examined the report sent by the East Godavari Collector, gave a clean chit to Mr. Diwakar Reddy.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Rosaiah said there was no substance in the allegations. “The Chief Minister cautioned party leaders against resorting to such actions. They can air their views in party forums,” he quoted Dr. Reddy as telling Mr. Surya Rao.
“The issue is closed after the Chief Minister took the letter and heard the two sides,” Mr. Rosaiah added.
Earlier, Mr. Diwakar Reddy complained to the Chief Minister that Mr. Surya Rao had resorted to character assassination.
“Dr. Reddy nodded his head and it is left to him to take further action,” he told reporters. Mr. Surya Rao left the Camp Office without speaking to the media.
Nandi Awards on Nov. 8
Raghupathi Venkaiah Awards for M.S. Reddy, Rama Naidu
Krishna, Ilayaraja, Ambarish and Waheeda Rahman to get NTR award
’Pothe Poni’, ’Bommarillu’ best films of 2005 and 2006 respectively
Veteran producers M.S. Reddy and D. Rama Naidu have been named for the prestigious Raghupathi Venkaiah Awards for the years 2005 and 2006, respectively, and will receive gold medals and cash prizes of Rs. 50,000 each from the hands of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy at a function here on November 8.
The Chief Minister will also give away the NTR Memorial Film Awards for the years 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 to superstar G. Krishna, maestro Ilayaraja, Kannada actor Ambarish and glamorous actress of yesteryears, Waheeda Rahman, respectively.
The Nandi Awards for the best feature films and for the best hero and heroine for the years 2005 and 2006 will go to Siva Balaji and Sindhu Tolani for ‘Pothe Poni’ and to Siddharth and Genelia for ‘Bommarillu’ for ‘Bommarillu’, respectively.
The Nandi awards for the years 2005 and 2006 will also be given away Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy at a function in the NTR grounds opposite Indira Park.
In all, 126 people from the film industry will receive various awards, said Information Minister Anam Ramnarayana Reddy at a press conference on Monday.
He said that government had put in place the framework required to regularly give away awards pertaining to films, television and theatre, every year at specified dates.
Accordingly, film awards are to be given on Telugu New Year day, television awards on October 27 and theatre awards between January 18 and 24, from next year onwards, he said.
To this effect, Mr. Reddy said he held meetings with film industry representatives G.V. Adiseshagiri Rao, Tammareddy Bharadwaja and Muralimohan and Information Commissioner C. Parthasarathy.
More road shows by YSR in November
Buoyed by the success of Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s road show in Srikakulam on Sunday, the Congress is now planning to hold more such programmes in November.
The huge response to the road show in Harishchandrapuram, Narasannapet and Srikakulam Assembly constituencies has given the party leaders a new-found confidence that it can check the influence of Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam.
Party sources said Dr. Reddy has decided to participate in road shows during the weekends. Accordingly, his campaign managers are chalking out more programmes after November 15, when the Chief Minister completes the review meetings with party leaders of constituencies, where the Opposition parties MLAs have won.
During his road shows, Dr. Reddy will visit at least three Assembly segments travelling 60 km every day.
They attributed the good response in Srikakulam to the government’s performance during the last four-and-half years in welfare and development sectors.
YSR for Delhi
Within a day after his trip to New Delhi, Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy will leave for the capital again on Wednesday to impress upon the Centre the need to allocate gas from the Krishna-Godavari basin to Andhra Pradesh first. The Chief Minister decided to present the State’s case strongly before the Empowered Committee on Gas Allocation.