Development has come to a standstill in State, says the CPI leader

CPI State secretary K. Narayana on Tuesday said the UPA-II government should put an end to the ambiguity over Telangana.

Speaking to reporters who met him here, Mr. Narayana said development had come to a standstill in Andhra Pradesh due to uncertainty over Telangana for past several years.

Stating that the people of Telangana were in favour of bifurcation, he welcomed the statement of AICC general secretary in charge of AP Digvijay Singh that the Centre would take a decision on Telangana shortly.

Mr. Narayana, who later addressed a rally at Chintapalli, over 100 km from here, said the Congress would bite the dust in the ensuing panchayat elections due to its failure to provide good governance.

Hitting out at Tribal Welfare Minister P. Balaraju, who hails from Chintapalli, he branded him ‘anti-tribal’ and an agent of bauxite mining companies and said he was not showing any interest in getting cancelled the Memoranda of Understanding signed with Jindal, Anrak and other companies.

The CPI leader said only to avoid criticism, the Minister was issuing statements opposing bauxite mining. He said instead of showing interest in opening more police stations, he should try to supply drinking water to the tribal hamlets and set up more number of schools and hospitals.

He also criticised Union Minister for Panchayat Raj V. Kishore Chandra Deo for not doing much for the welfare of tribals in Andhra Pradesh and sought action against Congress leaders involved in various corruption cases.

CPI district secretary J.V. Satyanarayana Murthy, former MLA G. Demudu, senior leaders A.J. Stalin and B. Ramarajyam took part in the rally.