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Updated: November 2, 2009 15:48 IST

Mayor favours unified State

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Leaders of various political parties paying homage to Potti Sriramulu in Vijayawada on Sunday. PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR
THE HINDU Leaders of various political parties paying homage to Potti Sriramulu in Vijayawada on Sunday. PHOTO: CH. VIJAYA BHASKAR

Leaders of various political parties and organisations competed with each other to garland the statue of Potti Sriramulu at Prakasam Barrage on Sunday to mark the Andhra Pradesh Formation Day.

At first, a group of Congress activists headed by MLA Malladi Vishnu, city Congress committee president Pyla Sominaidu and others reached the statue.

Mayor M.V. Ratna Bindu, along with a few corporators, too reached there to garland the statue.

The leaders garlanded the statue and were addressing a meeting convened by Samaikhyandhra Samrakshana Samithi near the statue.

Even as the meeting was going on, a group of activists from the Praja Rajyam Party under the leadership of MLA Velampalli Srinivas reached there. Mr. Srinivas led a motorcycle rally from One-Town.

Notwithstanding the samithi’s meeting, the PRP activists went ahead with offering floral tributes to Potti Sriramulu.

At samithi’s meeting, Ms. Ratna Bindu underscored the need for unified State, while Mr. Vishnu found fault with the statements of the president of Telangana Rashtra Samithi K. Chandrasekhara Rao.

Mr. Sominaidu felt that speaking against the song ‘Ma Telugu talliki’ was nothing but humiliating all the Telugu- speaking people. State convener of the samithi N. Srihari presided over the meeting.

Flood loss

MACHILIPATNAM : Animal Husbandry Minister K. Parthasarothy on Sunday called for a united effort for the development of Krishna district on all fronts.

Addressing the State Formation Day celebrations at the Police Parade ground here, Mr. Parthasarothy said the Central Committee estimated that the district incurred a loss of Rs. 885.4 crores due to the recent floods in the Krishna.

He said that proposals were submitted to the State government for constructing pucca houses in the flood-affected district and the works for reviving drinking water supply were commenced with an expected outlay of Rs. 51.39 crores.

He announced the launch of ‘Abhaya Hastam’ scheme in the district and said that the government decided to distribute a monthly pension of Rs. 200 each to toddy-toppers who crossed the age of 50 years.

Fishnets distributed

Mr. Parthasarothy distributed bicycles and fishnets worth Rs. 8.16 lakhs to 136 fishermen and insurance amount of Rs. 50,000 each to the kin of three fishermen who died while fishing in the sea. District Collector Peeyush Kumar, Superintendent of Police D. Ramakrishnaiah, Machilipatnam MP K. Narayana Rao, MLAs Perni Venkatramayya, D.Y. Das and others were present.

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