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Kurnool council to protest ‘injustice’ to Rayalaseema

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Council office-bearers urge govt. to honour its promises before people take to streets

The Kurnool District Development Council will protest the alleged injustice meted out to the district post-bifurcation. Council office-bearers V. Janardhan Reddy, G. Pullaiah and K.C. Kalkura on Sunday said they had given up the demand for capital after Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu made 19 proposals for the district in his Independence Day address.

However, none of the assurances was honoured, and, above all, the institutions promised for the district were being considered for other districts. While rumours are making rounds on shifting of institutions, the government is not making any thing to clarify doubts of people, they alleged.

Mr. Kalkura said discontent among the public was simmering like a volcano. The government should not ignore the aspirations of Rayalaseema, especially Kurnool district, he added.

He said while hundreds of acres was available at Srisailam for Telugu University, the government was planning to establish the institution in Rajahmundry. Also, while 2,000 acres is available for Agriculture university in Kurnool district, the government is in favour of setting up the university at Bapatla where only 500 acres was available. People have doubts about the sincerity of the government after the news of the proposed shifting of IIIT to another place, he added.

The office-bearers urged the government to honour the promises made by the Chief Minister before people took to streets and also criticised the elected representatives for their stoic silence.

According to Mr. Kalkura, the government’s efforts and energies are directed to build the capital in Vijayawada and the completion of the Polavaram project, while there is no word on Gundrevula, which will supply water to parched lands in Rayalaseema.

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