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Party spokesman Varla Ramaiah asks government to think twice before extending services of CS

TIRUPATI: Varla Ramaiah, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) spokesperson and head of the party’s Scheduled Caste Cell, has questioned the competence of K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao to hold the highly sensitive post of Chairperson, Public Safety and Security, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Faulted on 2 counts

Talking to media persons at the Press Club, Mr. Ramaiah faulted KVP on two counts—one, for not successfully persuading the late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy as his adviser and close aide, to cancel his chopper journey in view of hostile weather conditions and secondly, for the delay in finding the whereabouts of the ‘missing helicopter carrying the Chief Minister’ after the crash.

Moral responsibility

The Telugu Desam leader demanded KVP’s his resignation from the post owning the responsibility for all the ‘bunglings’. In the same breath, Mr. Ramaiah also urged the Rosaiah government to ‘think twice’ before extending the services of the Chief Secretary, P. Ramakantha Reddy, by three months as was being proposed, in view of his alleged complicity both in the pre and post-crash scenario.

Skirmishes

Mr. Ramaiah, who is looking after the TDP affairs in the Tirupati constituency after his unsuccessful contest for the Tirupati Lok Sabha seat in the recent election, also regretted that the State Congress leadership, divided vertically into three groups, was all the time engaged in skirmishes over the succession issue, throwing to winds the fate of the State which was plagued by a slew of problems like the swine flu, drought, financial mess, etc.

Swine flu

The TDP spokesman said 36 precious lives were lost due to H1N1 flu virus in the State.