Special Correspondent

Praja Congress Party chief calls for probe

  • `Congress made closure of dairy a poll issue for votes'
  • State says dairy is in 150-crore debt and revival is not feasible

    TIRUPATI: Praja Congress Party on Monday criticised the `dubious role' of Vayalpadu MLA and Government Chief Whip N. Kirankumar Reddy behind the Government's decision not to revive the Chittoor Cooperative Dairy and wanted a probe to get at the truth. The party cited in this connection as how the Congress leaders made the closure of the dairy an election issue and `garnered votes' of farmers.

    Panel recommendation

    To reinforce his charge, Praja Congress Party president Narra Munichandra in a statement referred to the reported recommendation made to the Government by the House Committee headed by Proddatur MLA Varadarajulu Reddy for the takeover of the dairy and questioned as such as to why the Government, which initially responded positively to the recommendation should now backtrack on the plea that the unit was steeped in Rs. 150 crores debt and its revival as such was not feasible.

    CPI poser

    The district Communist Party of India (CPI) unit took serious exception to the reported statement of Endowments Minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy that the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams staff and workers must keep clear of politics and political parties. The CPI delegation, which visited the hunger strike camp of the agitating TTD employees on Monday, faulted the Minister's statement. It asked if that were the case why the Government should constitute the TTD board only with political persons if it was against the employees dabbling in politics in the name of union elections.

    The CPI leaders criticised that the Congress after coming to power was tending to become more and more `anti-employee' and `anti- working class'.