Stakes claim as ardent advocate of Polavaram project
RAJAHMUNDRY: Vaddi Veerabhadra Rao, former Telugu Desam Party MLA of Kadiam constituency, now being represented by R&B Minister Jakkampudi Ramamohana Rao announced that he is going to join the Congress in the presence of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Addressing a press conference along with the Minister and District Congress Committee president Thota Narasimham on Friday, Mr. Veerabhadra Rao said that he was one of the founder members of Telugu Desam Party and from the beginning he fought for the Polavaram project.
Mr. Veerabhadra Rao said he spoke to Mr. Chandrababu Naidu many a time on the project issue, which would benefit 90 per cent farmers in Godavari delta area.
He also recalled that as MLA for two terms, he undertook cycle yatra from his native Narendrapuram to Delhi (3,000 km) and Rajahmundry to Hyderabad carrying Godavari water to give emphasis and a better understanding of Polavaram project. However, he said that Mr. Naidu had no special interest in agriculture or on farming community and this was the reason for the TDP's neglect of that sector all along.
Mr. Rao said that he contested as Independent from Kadiam in last election as he was denied ticket by the TDP and was then suspended from party. He tried to re-enter the party but to no avail. "So, I decided to strengthen the hands of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who was working for the welfare of farmers and taking up Polavaram project, despite many hurdles," he said.
Mr. Ramamohana Rao and Mr. Thota Narasimham welcomed the former MLA and said that he would be inducted into the party by PCC president K. Kesava Rao in presence of the Chief Minister shortly.