Staff Reporter

ELURU: Communist Party of India State secretary K. Narayana on Friday criticised the Congress for preparing the ground for Rahul Gandhi, son of the party president Sonia Gandhi, to take centre-stage in the party affairs.

It was quite unfortunate for a party like the Congress, with a century-old history of pioneering the struggle for Independence, still falling back on Nehru family. Dynastic rule was not a healthy sign in a democracy, Mr. Narayana commented while addressing a party gathering here.

He expressed dismay over the recent mega event of the All-India Congress Committee (AICC) plenary reducing itself to be "Rahul-centric,'' giving hardly any score for debate on serious issues of public importance. It was ironic that the Congress was suffering from leadership crisis in spite of its illustrious background.

The CPI leader alleged that the State Government had miserably failed to ensure market intervention, leaving the tomato growers to the mercy of market vagaries. The Government remained a passive spectator even as the tomato prices fell to an all-time low of 10 paise per kg in Kurnool district.

Polavaram

Mr. Narayana stated that his party would not align with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on the issue of irrigation projects. He revealed that the TDP senior leader and former Irrigation minister Kadiyam Srihari had written to him seeking the CPI's support in the fight against Polavaram project. He said the TDP did not have any moral to raise the issue in view of its 'dismal' performance during its nine-year rule on the irrigation front. He accused the TDP of playing negative role with respect to Polavaram project.