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Roads and Buildings Minister Galla Aruna Kumari waving to people at the Rachchabanda programme at Gunadala in Vijayawada on Wednesday.
Roads and Buildings Minister Galla Aruna Kumari waving to people at the Rachchabanda programme at Gunadala in Vijayawada on Wednesday.

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Galla Aruna Kumari mocks at Devineni on Gunadala rail-overbridge issue

VIJAYAWADA: Former Minister Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru) had to cut a sorry figure when Minister for Roads and Buildings Galla Aruna Kumari ribbed him for not being able to bring pressure on the South Central Railway (SCR) authorities to expedite the works on Gunadala rail-overbridge, at a meeting here on Wednesday.

Ms. Aruna Kumari, who was inaugurating the first of the series of ‘Rachchabanda’ programmes going to be taken up in all the 59 municipal divisions in the city, mocked at Mr. Rajasekhar for not being able to pursue the matter even as he put pressure on her to make a statement about it.

She said administrative sanction had been given for construction of the bridge that crossed over two canals and a rivulet at an estimated cost of Rs. 36 crores, but clearance had to be obtained for the “general arrangement drawing” from the Indian Railways.

Expressing mild regret at Mr. Rajasekhar’s inability to pursue the matter, the Minister said that she would extend all her cooperation for completion of the bridge.

Ms. Aruna Kumari said she had actually come to the city en route to another programme in Krishna district. But when Vijayawada Central MLA Malladi Vishnu invited her to inaugurate the ‘Rachchabanda’ programme she agreed because it was a programme that she liked very much.

‘Wonderful schemes’

Praising former Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy for several wonderful schemes, the Minister said that the welfare schemes introduced by the Congress would be implemented for a long time to come. Schemes were not created with short-term interests like winning elections.

Several of the schemes were not even mentioned in the election manifesto of the Congress but taken up later, she pointed out.

The programme turned out to be a unique one with the officials as well as Congress leaders participating in it. Conducted under an old banyan tree in Gunadala, the backdrop had a picture of YSR alone.

The absence of Chief Minister K. Rosaiah’s picture was irksome for the officials and some of the party leaders who are known to have good ties with the Chief Minister.

Though it was the inauguration of ‘Rachchabanda’ programme conceived by Mr. Vishnu, the Gunadala bridge and the way the Minister mocked at Mr. Rajasekhar became the topic of discussion in public and party circles.

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