YSR for Madhira today
A tumultuous welcome awaits Chief Minister Y. Rajasekhar Reddy in Madhira on Sunday. He will lay foundation stones for works costing over Rs 150 crores on his first visit. A carnival atmosphere would mark the day- long itinerary.
The Congress cadres are going all out to make it a big event with a large-scale mobilization for the public meeting which he will address at the Indiramma grounds in the town. Some 9000 people would line up the 9-km road from Dendukur to Madhira to welcome him by showering the convoy with flower petals.
Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka, MLC, said the Chief Minister would lay the foundation stone for modernisation of the Wyra reservoir and its canal system costing Rs 50 crores.
He would lay the stones for the roadover bridges a Bonakal, Yerrupalm and Dendukur – all costing Rs 100 crores.
YSR asked me quit: Maganti Babu
Congress leader plans to resign as Denduluru MLA too
Refuses to comment on his resignation being accepted so fast
To consult his followers before deciding to resign as an MLA
Maganti Venkateswara Rao, who submitted his resignation as Minister for Minor Irrigation on Friday night, said that he took the step on a direction from Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Mr. Rao whose resignation after the drubbing received by the Congress in the ZPTC byelections in Denduluru, said he contemplated to put in his papers owning moral responsibility when the Chief Minister asked him to step down.
“My decision and his (Dr. Reddy’s) directive are just a coincidence,” he said refusing to comment on the speed with which his resignation was accepted.
The MLA told The Hindu that he was planning to quit from his Assembly membership, but would take a final decision after consulting his followers. Mr. Rao attributed the defeat of the Congress partly to the government as Denduluru ZPTC comprised Kolleru villages where implementation of rehabilitation package for fishermen displaced after dismantling of the fish ponds as part of Operation Kolleru was delayed. And, the affected families voted against the Congress.
He was supportive of the view that the Congress government had distanced the Kamma community to which he belonged. “I represented the issue to the Chief Minister some time ago with a request to give due representation for Kammas,” he said.
Mr. Rao highlighted the need for reining in group rivalries at the district level. “Take our (West Godavari) district for instance, a section of MLAs who enjoy direct access to the Chief Minister are running a parallel show and this is likely to impact the party’s prospects in the coming elections.”
“It’s time for people to judge Congress performance”
Katrenikona (E.G dist.):
Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy said the time had come for people to judge the performance of Congress in comparison to that of TDP.
The Congress had fulfilled almost all the promises it had made prior to 2004 Assembly elections and it did not confine it to assurances it had given to the people.
There was no people’s problem that was not solved by the Government even if it did not figure in their wish-list, he claimed.
Addressing a public meeting here after laying the foundation stone for Moolapalem-Pallamkurru Road Bridge on Saturday, Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy said the Congress was committed to serve the people, unlike the TDP which made tall claims of its few achievements.
The Congress improved the living conditions of all sections of society and set the State on the growth path, hence it deserved to be voted to power again in the ensuing elections, Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Conceding Mummidivaram MLA P Viswaroop’s request, Mr. Rajasekhara Reddy announced that the proposal for construction of a bridge at Gogullanka would be looked into immediately. The Chief Minister also agreed to name the bridges at Saladivaripalem and Moolapalem after Tadi Tata Rao and Battina Subba Rao respectively.
The Annampalli aqueduct would be named after Kudipudi Prabhakar Rao.