Telugu Desam decries Veerabhadra Swamy’s remarks

An exercise to gather public opinion on widening of narrow railway over-bridge (RoB) at Mayuri junction in the Fort town triggered war of words between leaders of the Telugu Desam Party and the Congress.

Keeping severe traffic congestion on the RoB in view, local MLA and TDP Polit Bureau member P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju launched a signature campaign on Friday, in printed format, pointing out the urgency. The letter was addressed to the district Collector.

Quoting a survey conducted in 2007 by the Visakhapatnam Urban Development Authority, he said that 20,000 vehicles used to cross the bridge daily.

“Now, the number has gone up manifold and there is a need to widen it to avoid traffic congestion on the Visakhapatnam-Vizianagaram -Raipur Road (NH-43),” he said.

All heavy vehicles pass over the bridge to reach destinations in Odisha and Chattisgarh. The bridge was built decades ago. New residential colonies and government offices, including the Collectorate, came up on the other side of the railway track.

‘Cheap tactics’

District Congress Committee in-charge president K. Veerabhadra Swamy described it as a “street play” and told correspondents that the MLA, instead of talking to local officials, had been playing “cheap tricks” keeping the elections to the Assembly in view.

Unrelenting senior TDP leaders I.V.P. Raju, P. Ramakrishna and V.S. Prasad, while condemning Mr. Swamy’s uncalled for statement on Mr. Ashok at Sunday’s press conference, advised him to “behave decently,” as he reportedly was tipped as member of the Legislative Council.

Mr. Raju even criticised APCC president Botcha Satyanarayana for selecting a “dull head” for the House of Intellectuals.

Dr. Prasad said it was unfortunate that the former MLA seemed to have lacked knowledge on the procedure to be followed for submitting representations on local issues to the Central Ministry.


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