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Purandeswari-Ganta rift comes to the fore again

Santosh Patnaik
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Union Minister cancels road-laying function after Ganta alleges breach in protocol

Infighting in the district Congress took a new twist after severe criticism by Minister for Infrastructure Ganta Srinivasa Rao against Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari leading to the latter cancelling the foundation stone laying for a road near Anandapuram.

Mr. Rao had accused the Union Minister with breach of protocol for scheduling the stone-laying ceremony for a road under Prime Minister’s Grameena Sadak Yojana on the day Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy was scheduled to be in the district to for Revenue Sadassu.

An aide of Ms. Purandeswari told The Hindu that her programme was finalised before the Chief Minister’s itinerary. Sources said Ms. Purandeswari spoke to the Chief Minister to convey her decision to postpone the stone-laying ceremony for the road from Anandapuram to S.Kota, which falls in her Lok Sabha constituency. She, however, decided to interact with party workers near Bhimili as per her original schedule .

Mr. Rao and Ms. Purandeswari are not seeing eye-to-eye for sometime now. Mr. Rao hit out at her for her opposition to the merger of Anakapalle and Bhimili municipalities with Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC). He has been supporting the merger move, giving scope to speculation of his interest in the development of real estate in the region.

Ms. Purandeswari told the GVMC and the Department of Municipal Administration that the merger would not help in improving amenities in the two municipalities.

Asked to comment on their differences, Rajya Sabha Member T. Subbarami Reddy, who claimed on several occasions that he would be the Congress candidate for Vizag Lok Sabha seat in 2014 polls, termed it an internal affair.

However, he indirectly backed Ganta’s stand on the merger saying that as local Minister Srinivasa Rao would know the ground reality better.



The two are not seeing eye-to-eye for sometime now over merger of Anakapalle and Bhimili municipalities with GVMC

Ganta’s support to the merger sparks speculation about his interest in the development of real estate in the region

Purandeswari says the merger would not help in improving amenities in the two municipalities

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