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Inaugurates pylon, drinking water scheme

To release list of development activities

Questions rationale behind changing stance of TDP

CHIRALA: Finance Minister, K. Rosaiah, inaugurated a pylon constructed to mark widening of several roads taken up at a cost of Rs. 32 crore in Chirala town today. He also inaugurated drinking water supply augmentation scheme completed at a cost of Rs. 8.3 crore.

Later speaking to newspersons, he came down heavily on the TDP leaders for making baseless charges that he was neglecting his constituency of Chirala. He said he could not visit the town for the last five months because he was indisposed and underwent bypass surgery.

Mock protests

Yet TDP leaders took the opportunity to say that he has been staying away from his constituency. Saying that the TDP leaders are making mock protests, he asserted that people knew what he had done for Chirala.

Development activities

Mr. Rosaiah said that he would hold a press conference here on Saturday and release details of development activities done during nine-year rule of TDP and during the last three years when he is the Finance Minister.

Though he is busy as Finance Minister at Hyderabad, he brought funds for his constituency and monitored the development activities here very closely.

He said that it was TDP leaders that proposed widening of roads in the town to 60 feet during their regime.

The same leaders are staging dharna now demanding that the roads should be widened only to 40 feet. He questioned the rationale behind the changing stance of TDP.

He said that it was not fair for TDP president, N. Chandrababu Naidu to criticise the Prime Minister for denying him interview when he wanted to meet him to demand enhancement of paddy price to Rs. 1,000 a quintal.

The Prime Minister may be preoccupied with his engagements. The denial of interview should not be misconstrued as an insult to farmers, he felt.