Staff Reporter

Neduramalli reviews arrangements for Sonia’s visit

MP takes a dig at Chiranjeevi’s political advisor Puchalapalli Mitra

Adopts a balanced stand on contesting Nellore Lok Sabha seat

NELLORE: Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Neduramalli Janardhana Reddy has claimed that all political parties, including the Congress, will be affected with the possible entry of actor Chiranjeevi into politics.

“ The actor’s entry into politics will indeed create ripples in all parties, including the Congress and Telugu Desam Party,” the Visakhapatnam MP, who was here along with Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) president D. Srinivas and Rajya Sabha member K.V. P. Ramachandra Rao to review arrangements for Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s visit to Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district on July 17, told reporters on Saturday.

He took a dig at the film actor’s political advisor Puchalapalli Mitra saying: “Mr. Mitra lacks both political acumen and right kind of experience or exposure to guide a new political outfit such as the one to be floated by Mr. Chiranjeevi though he hails from a political family,” he remarked.

When asked whether he would like to contest from Nellore with the Lok Sabha seat being reserved for general category, he said that it was his “right” to contest from Nellore seat.

“However, I have no objection if sitting MP and Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi prefers to contest for the seat. But the party high command is the final authority to decide as to who should contest."

Nuclear deal

The former Chief Minister said that the nuclear deal with the United States was beneficial for India and hence all political parties should keep national interest above politics while firming up their stand on the issue. “We need the deal for clean energy and hence the Congress is pressing for the civilian nuclear deal without compromising on national sovereignty.”

Later the Visakhapatnam MP, PCC president and Mr. Ramachandra Rao visited the Krishnapatnam port .