Mareppa to meet YSR for a probe into blood bank’s working

HYDERABAD: Undeterred by the protests against him, Marketing Minister M. Mareppa fired a fresh salvo at film star Chiranjeevi demanding a white paper on the affairs of the blood bank run by his trust.

Sticking to the remarks he made against the film star in Guntur, the Minister at a press conference here on Sunday lashed out at the Chiranjeevi Fans’ Associations for targeting him and burning his effigy. “Is it wrong to question the happenings in the blood bank as a responsible Minister in the government?” he asked.

Alleging that the associations had hurled accusations that hurt him, Mr. Mareppa maintained that their action was highly objectionable. He would meet Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy to demand a thorough enquiry into the blood bank’s working. He wondered why the bank was collecting charges from the public for its services.

Coming down heavily on violent activities of the associations, he said even before Chiranjeevi had announced his political entry, his supporters were resorting to high-handed behaviour. He took a dig at the actor for his inability to settle issues of his family. “When he is unable to solve problems faced by his family members, what will he do for the people of the State,” he asked.

On the allegations levelled against him by his brother, M. Sudarshanam, the Minister claimed that he had severed relations with him seven years ago. Mr. Mareappa faulted senior Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao for his remarks against him in connection with the Chiranjeevi Blood Bank.

Meanwhile, Dalit organisations threatened to file complaints under the SC, ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act against the Chiranjeevi Fans Association for burning the Minister’s effigies.