The TDP leader terms it an attempt on her life by the Daggubati couple
TDP members were probing irregularities in wage payment under NRLEGP when they were mobbed
Rajakumari demands Venkateswara Rao’s resignation from House, Purandeswari’s apology
ONGOLE: Congress workers on Monday attacked TDP senior leader and MLC Nannapaneni Rajakumari with sticks and stones leaving her badly mauled at Karamchedu, native village of Union Minister of State Daggubati Purandeswari’s husband and Parchur MLA Venkateswara Rao.
Ms. Rajakumari went to the village as part of a team appointed by the TDP to inquire into alleged irregularities in payment of wages to workers under National Rural Landless Employment Guarantee Programme (NRLEGP).
Other members of the team were two MLAs - Hemalata (Satyavedu) and Lalitakumar (S Kota) and two MLCs – Y.B. Rajendra Prasad and Siddha Raghava Rao.
Even as the team members were examining the job cards at the panchayat office, Congress workers mobbed them and picked up a row with Ms. Rajakumari and hauled her up for making ‘derogatory remarks’ against the Daggubati couple some time ago.
The wordy duel soon turned violent with Congress workers pushing and pulling Ms. Rajakumari. Some others pelted stones in which Ms. Rajakumari’s gunman sustained bleeding injury on his head. In the melee, Ms. Rajakumari lost her consciousness.
The TDP leaders were aghast over the developments. Satyavedu MLA Hemalata made good her escape. When they regained their wits, they took Ms. Rajakumari in a car to Chirala for medical help.
Speaking to The Hindu over telephone from her hospital bed, Ms. Rajakumari said it was a clear attempt on her life. She held the Daggubati couple responsible for the ugly incidents. Saying that the attack was planned and motivated, she demanded Dr. Venkateswara Rao to resign his Assembly membership and sought an apology from Ms. Purandeswari. She also asked the Congress to take action against Dr. Venkateswara Rao and put an end to his “murderous” politics.
TDP district president Karanam Balaramakrishna Murthi, who went to the village along with the team, blamed the police for remaining mute spectators to the one-hour ‘sordid drama.’ He said 250 persons, some of them in a drunken state, went to the panchayat office only to disturb their inquiry.
As the TDP candidate got 450 votes majority in Karamchedu village in the recent Assembly elections,
‘Waiting for a chance’
Dr. Venkateswara Rao was waiting for an opportunity to settle scores with his political adversaries. The NRLEGP controversy brewing over the last fortnight came in handy for him, Mr. Murthi said.