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ZP vice-chief first to launch yatra

District Youth Congress chief launches ‘yatra’

MLC Haribabu Naidu plans awareness drive

Srikakulam: It seems to be a season of ‘padayatras’ in Srikakulam district. First it was the ZP vice-chairman Devvuda Srinivas, who had launched his 500-km padayatra in the four mandals of the newly-formed Tekkali Assembly segment three days ago.

He was an active and up-and-coming leader in the Congress. But he had locked horns with Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao and rubbed on the wrong side with the party during the MLC election. He was suspended from the party for his anti-party activities. He met Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy and tried to get back into the party. He did not succeed.

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On the day of launching his padayaatra, he had recalled how sincerely he worked for the party and how disciplinary action was taken against him at the behest of some local leaders. ‘I am in the people’s court to explain my stand and seek people’s blessings’.

Then it was the turn of district unit Youth Congress president, Mamidi Srikaknth, who had launched his district-wide ‘padayaatra’ a couple of days back. The stated purpose was to explain to the people the welfare measures of the Rajasekhara Reddy’s Government and counter the ‘misleading propaganda of Opposition’. “As the president, it was my duty to take the excellent work done by Congress Government to the people,” he said.

Gorle Haribabu Naidu, MLC, had chalked out his own programme to visit villages that were badly affected by pollution by industrial units located on both sides of the NH-5 in the stretch between Ranasthalam and Pusapatirega mandals of Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts. There was need to create awareness among people about the harmful impact of noxious gases released by industrial units. “I intend to visit all affected villages from May 8 and educate people,” Mr. Haribabu Naidu said.

It may be recalled that Mr. Naidu was a senior leader of the Congress, but suspended from the party for filing nomination against the official Congress candidate during the MLC election. Mr. Naidu had won the election with the support of the TDP, which for tactical reasons withdrew its candidate to ensure the success of Mr. Naidu and embarrass the Revenue Minister.