Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) president K. Chiranjeevi kept his partymen in the dark about his meeting with Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan on Thursday evening.
The meeting was known to media only minutes before his arrival at the Raj Bhavan. When contacted, several party leaders pleaded ignorance about the meeting and its purpose.
Kept in the dark
“We are generally informed about such meetings in advance and some of us would accompany him. But, this time it was different and we are at loss to find reasons”, party leaders said. Only Mr. Chiranjeevi's younger brother K. Nagendrababu accompanied him.
Talking to mediapersons after his meeting with the Governor, Mr. Chiranjeevi stated that he had called on the former only to extend Sankranti wishes and politics did not figure in their meeting.
He was planning to call on the Governor for the last few months but was unable to do so, he said.
On the defiance of party by legislators B. Shobha Nagi Reddy and K. Rami Reddy by participating in Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy's protests at Vijayawada and New Delhi, the PRP chief said they would take a decision at a meeting of the party on issuing show-cause notices to the two MLAs.
In reply to a question, Mr. Chiranjeevi said he did not see any threat to the Congress government nor the possibility of imposition of President's Rule in the State. The PRP would prefer the implementation of sixth option of the Srikrishna Committee Report, he said in response to another question.
He hoped that Sankranti would usher in good times for the State again.
‘Rein in RTC'
Meanwhile, in a letter to the Chief Minister, N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Mr. Chiranjeevi urged him to direct the authorities to check the APSRTC and the private bus operators from fleecing passengers by jacking up bus fares during the Sankranti festival.
He said the RTC had joined private operators in fleecing the passengers forgetting that it was an organisation set up for the facility of people. Though the media had been highlighting the issue, the government was not acting on the problem.
In the name of special buses, the RTC was running city buses to different parts in the State and charging high fares compared to the regular fares. This was not at all the way to run the RTC, he said.
Mr. Chiranjeevi said some private bus operators were exploiting the situation by charging Rs. 100 to 500 more per passenger on long distance services. But the Government was remaining a mute spectator.
The hike in bus fares was hitting the poor and middle class very hard in addition to the ever-increasing prices of essential commodities.
He urged the Chief Minister to intervene and settle the issue.