D.K. Kishan Rao
The Congress has got it installed in front of the superspeciality hospital
Raichur: All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi, who is scheduled to arrive in Raichur on Friday, is expected to visit the Rajiv Gandhi Superspeciality Hospital here and unveil a statue of the former Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi in front of the hospital.
The superspeciality hospital is a public property and jointly managed by the State Government and the Apollo Group. The motive of such a joint venture is to provide quality medical aid to the public in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region and the adjoining districts of Andhra Pradesh. The superspeciality hospital is a referral hospital for the government hospitals in South India.
The hospital was named after Rajiv Gandhi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi inaugurated it in October 2004. The district unit of the Congress decided to set up the statue of Rajiv Gandhi in front of the hospital. It was also decided to get it unveiled by Rahul Gandhi during his visit to Raichur.
Recently, the party placed an order for the statue without consulting the district administration. The district administration has not raised any objection to the idea. Is the government aware of the move? According to Deputy Commissioner Adoni Syed Saleem, who is also member-secretary of the governing body of the hospital, he was unaware of the arrangements being made for the construction of the statue. He also did not know who was going to bear the cost.
However, on a request from A. Vasanthkumar, president of the district Congress unit, he has sent a letter to the Governor seeking his approval for unveiling the statue during the visit of Rahul Gandhi. Accordingly, the Government has approved the proposal.
The Deputy Commissioner told The Hindu on Tuesday that the district administration was in no way connected with the unveiling ceremony. About the validity of putting up a statue of a former Prime Minister by a political party at its own cost albeit without the consent of the Government, the Deputy Commissioner said that he was not consulted by the party while placing the order for the statue. However, permission for unveiling it by Rahul Gandhi had been sought and the Government had given it.