Andhra Pradesh

Black flag protests greet Bedi in Yanam

People staging a protest at Yanam on Tuesday.

People staging a protest at Yanam on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: S. RAMBABU

‘She is delaying welfare, development schemes in the constituency’

Puducherry Minister for Health and Tourism and Yanam MLA Malladi Krishna Rao wore a black shirt and hoisted black flags at his residence during the visit of Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi to the town on Tuesday.

People too greeted her with black flags, balloons and placards seeking resolution of their long-pending issues.

Speaking to The Hindu over telephone, Mr. Rao accused the Lt. Governor of delaying implementation of many welfare and development schemes in his constituency.

“I have made several attempts in vain to meet her in person and explain the situation,” Mr. Rao alleged.

“During her visit to Yanam on January 8, 2017, I had submitted a representation to Ms. Bedi. People of the town too submitted representations. But the issues remain unresolved. On coming to know on Twitter of her plans to visit Yanam, I had sought an appointment with her on October 11. I was told that she was not feeling well. But despite the health issue, she visited Yanam along with the key police officials monitoring the situation at Nallavaadu and Veerampattinam, where fishermen groups clashed. In addition to the top police brass of Puducherry, the Andhra police too are with her in the town,” Mr. Rao said.

“Till this minute, I have not been given any intimation of her visit. I have only been seeking joint inspections and review meetings. It is the basic procedure to first consider the representations of the local MLA whenever the Lt. Governor or the Chief Minister visits the constituency. I will submit another letter reminding her of the requests made for an appointment,” he said.

During her visit today, she was greeted by people of various walks of life with black flags and black ribbons, which forced her to skip several programmes, Mr. Rao claimed.

Making it clear that the issues were purely local and had nothing to do with the Congress, Mr. Rao said, “There are several works pending in the region. Many people, who included employees, want to submit representations. If the Lt. Governor fails to listen to our pleas, the visit is of no use,” Mr. Rao said.

Issues at stake

Provision of rice to people through the cooperative stores, settlement of the GSPC compensation to fishermen who had lost their livelihood due to gas pipeline and exploration activities, and release of the cyclone relief fund were among the 23 issues the Minister said he had highlighted in his representation to the Lt. Governor on October 12.

During the day, Ms. Bedi visited the Government General Hospital and a school, and took stock of the sanitation in the town.

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