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CPI activists storm Collectorate

Swift action: Policewomen lift a CPI activist at the Collectorate in Nalgonda on Wednesday.

Swift action: Policewomen lift a CPI activist at the Collectorate in Nalgonda on Wednesday.  

Staff Reporter

Want State Government to complete pending irrigation projects

NALGONDA: Hundreds of activists of the Communist Party of India on Wednesday laid siege to the Collectorate demanding that the Government complete water projects without further delay.

The speakers lambasted the Government for its lopsided priorities.

No single employee was allowed to enter into the Collectorate building till the police removed party State secretary K. Narayana, Member of Parliament S. Sudhakara Reddy and two MLAs -- P.Venkat Reddy and R.Ravindra Kumar-- at 1.30 p.m. More than 3,000 activists thronged the district headquarters to take part in the picketing-cum-maha dharna programme. Away from the general practice, the police let off the top CPI leaders after removing them from the venue. No arrest was made.

After taking away the leaders in their jeep, police used mild force to evacuate the agitators from the spot.

“We didn’t arrest a single leader. They left for Hyderabad after taking part in the programme,” Additional Superintendent of Police K. Chandrakanth Reddy said.

Earlier addressing the agitators, Mr. Narayana alleged that the Government was failing to take up irrigation projects on priority basis.

“The Government is not paying heed to our suggestion. Instead of according top priority for the projects of the backward region, it is giving least priority for them,” he rued.

He demanded that the Government immediately suspend the officers, who had sent the wrong estimations for the Government with regard to the Nakkalagandi lift irrigation scheme that would fetch water for Munugode, Devarakonda and Bhongir constituencies.

“The officials had estimated a cost of Rs.7 crores to take up the survey works of the project. Later they revised it as Rs.1.3 crores. You should not tolerate such irresponsible officials,” he observed, while calling upon the activists to get ready to stall the State Government if it continued to ignore the suggestions of the Communists.

Addressing the agitators, Nalgonda MP S.Sudhakar Reddy said that there was no use of constituting a development board for Telangana.

“We are not accepting this board. What we want is the Telangana regional council armed with constitutional powers,” he maintained.

Taking strong exception to the arrest of party activists for participating in bhoo poratam, he said that the Government had failed to distribute land for the poor.



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