‘ Both R&B and Panchayat Raj call tenders for road repairs’
Foisting of cases against contractor a TD sympathiser alleged
Probe demanded into tribal fund misuse in Nandanapalli
KURNOOL: TDP Polit Bureau member and former Minister K.E. Krishna Murthy alleged largescale irregularities in execution of Government works in Kurnool district. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, Mr. Krishna Murthy said the R&B Department finalised tenders for repairs to the road between Banagapalli road and Jaladurgam at a cost of Rs. 52 lakh.
However, after a while, the Panchayat Raj Department too called tenders at a cost of Rs. 26 lakh. As the TDP leaders brought the issue to light, the officials launched cover-up operations and were bringing pressure on the Panchayat Raj Department to withdraw tenders. Mr. Krishna Murthy said the Congress leaders would have got the work executed by both the departments and claimed the bills, had he not found it out in time. Also, Mr. Krishna Murthy alleged that the Congress leaders were foisting cases under SC, ST Atrocities Act against a contractor at Peddapudella when he went there to execute minor irrigation tank works. Since the contractor was a TDP sympathiser, they did not allow him to execute the work even through he was authorised to take it up.
He accused the Congress leaders of hijacking the development works in rural areas only to benefit their sympathisers.
Mr. Krishna Murthy alleged that an amount of Rs. 9 lakh was drawn to develop the land of nine tribal beneficiaries at Nandanapalli in Kurnool mandal. In fact, the beneficiaries had been given neither land nor pattas. He demanded a high-level inquiry into the fraud. Mr. Krishna Murthy took exception to the Congress leaders creating an issue out of the no-confidence debate in the House.
He said the Congress party, which failed to offer proper explanation to the issues raised by the TDP, diverted the issue by involving the deputy Speaker. The Congress would go down in the history for introducing caste angle in the House affairs, he added.