GUNTUR: Continuing the tirade of allegations, Mayor Rayapati Mohana Sai Krishna on Friday launched a personal attack against ex-mayor Kanna Nagaraju, in what seems to be a long drawn battle between two powerful groups in the district to wrest the initiative before the civic polls to be held some time in August-September.

With Major Industries Minister Kanna Lakshminarayana shifting his base to Guntur after wresting Guntur-West constituency in the 2009 polls and Sk. Mastan Vali, Kanna loyalist, consolidating his base in the Guntur-East constituency, the Rayapati group is bent on waging an all out effort to have their say in the selection of candidates for the polls. Mr. Mastan Vali is keeping a safe distance from the two factions and seems to consolidate his support base in the crucial East segment, which has about 25 wards. The Mayor also dared Mr. Naga Raju for a debate in a public forum over the issue of corruption.