Special Correspondent

ONGOLE: CPI State secretary K Narayana has advised the Congress to sort out the Chief Minister issue quickly so that its ministers can concentrate on administration and attend to problems afflicting the State.

Speaking to newspersons, he said the continuing controversy over making Y.S Jaganmohan Reddy as Chief Minister has brought to the fore groupism in the Congress and adversely affected administration. The Ministers, who are busy demanding the high command on Chief Minister issue, are not able to concentrate on issues like drought and swine flu ravaging the State.

He expressed surprise that the Ministers are speaking in double tongue. While praising Chief Minister K Rosaiah as an able and experienced administrator, they demanded that Mr Jaganmohan Reddy should replace him immediately, he pointed out.

As the high command has not been able to clinch the issue, the Congress Legislature Party or the Assembly could not meet to pay tribute to Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy even one month after his death, he said.

Mr Narayana came down heavily on the government for issuing GO 271 and 272 making it mandatory for the in-charge ministers to approve the works proposed by village panchayats under National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.

The orders would sap the powers of the village panchayat and affect the programme adversely, he felt. The village panchayats know the needs of the people and can identify the works better than in-charge ministers who do not belong to the district.

The panchayats would be able to monitor the works and ensure quality.

Mr Narayana came here to address district council meeting of CPI on Friday.