ANDHRA PRADESH

Cong. takes exception to TDP MP's remark

NIZAMABAD OCT. 5. The reported remarks made by the Nizamabad MP, Gaddam Ganga Reddy, against the Congress, comparing the actions of their leaders and activists akin to the pranks indulged by `monkeys' has raked up a controversy with the District Congress Committee, taking strong exception to such a statement.

Reacting sharply to the alleged insulting remark, the District Congress Committee president, Gangaram, general secretary, P. Rajeswar Reddy and the PCC legal cell convenor, I. Gopal Sharma, at a press conference on Saturday, demanding unconditional apology from the MP.

The MP allegedly made the remarks while participating in the inauguration of the newly-converted BG line between Nizamabad and Dharmabad on Thursday at the local railway station.

He was reportedly irked by the rail roko agitation by the District Congress Committee demanding the South Central Railway authorities to quickly complete the safety inspection so as to run passenger trains on the new line.

Taking objection to agitation by Congress leaders and workers, Mr. Ganga Reddy, termed their act `Kothi Chestalu' (pranks by monkey) and went on to add if there was any reason for the agitation at all when BG works were completed. Interestingly enough, he passed the comment in the presence of the two Congress MLAs -- D. Srinivas (Nizamabad) and Bajireddi Goverdhan (Armoor).

The Nizamabad MLA, who spoke at the inaugural function, in fact referred to the issue, but did not take objection to such a remark.

But, the DCC has decided not to keep quiet about the humiliating remarks. The DCC chief questioned what right the MP had to make such a statement.

He pointed out that the TDP leader should know that mere completion of the BG line was not enough.

What Congress workers did was to highlight the delay in completing the safety test.

He said as a result of the agitation, the Commissioner of Railway Safety immediately inspected the track between Nizamabad-Dharmabad and Jankampet-Bodhan.

The DCC leader wondered if trying to bring the neglect to light was a mistake of the Congress.

He reminded the MP that he alone could not take credit for the completion of BG works.

It was the people of the district and more particularly, the Nizamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which had spearheaded the agitation for the early completion of the works.

He said it was really unfortunate that the inaugural function turned out to be a TDP and BJP party affair and the leaders on the dais, did not deem it fit to even acknowledge the role of the actual persons, who were instrumental in getting the BG line.

He said the MP had no right to pass such remarks and stated that the Congress workers were not `small kids' to indulge in pranks.

The DCC president asked the MP to tender unconditional apology and warned that party workers would not sit quiet if irresponsible statements were issued.

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