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Telugu Desam to seek Dharmana’s dismissal

Special Correspondent

Sivaji announces suspension of ex-municipal chief

Srikakulam: The report in a vernacular daily alleging the involvement of Revenue Minister Dharmana Prasada Rao in a land deal in the heart of the town has created a flutter in political circles here.

At a media conference in the party headquarters on Thursday, TDP district unit president Gouthu Shyamsundar Sivaji said that the State leadership of his party would meet the Governor and seek the dismissal of the Minister.

Mr. Sivaji also announced the suspension of the former municipal chairman and TDP councillor Adhavarapu Varahanarasimham alias Varam from the party for his alleged involvement in the land deal.

The high command had issued orders to this effect, he said.

Legal action

The TDP had been demanding legal action in respect of the land in question. The 2.14 acres of prime land is located at a stone’s throw from the municipal office. TDP leaders, including MP K. Yerrannaidu, wanted the issue to be taken to the highest court of law.

It was only on Wednesday that the Revenue Minister, at a media conference here, asserted that the municipality had pursued the matter and court orders went in favour of the opposite party.

Quoting legal opinion, he said that no purpose would be served by further pursing the issue.

The Minister reiterated his stand at the DCC meeting here on Thursday and asserted that he would take “political sanyas” if the allegations made in the daily were proved.

The issue was being politicised, Mr. Prasada Rao said.

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