ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress petitions Minister against civic chief

TIRUPATI, MARCH 17. The raging feud between TDP and Congress councillors in the Tirupati Municipal Council took a turn on Thursday with the latter taking a delegation to the Minister for Municipal Administration, Koneru Ranga Rao, and submitting him a representation listing the alleged `irregularities' committed by the Chairperson, K. Sankar Reddy (TDP), in the finalisation of tenders, allotment of shops and municipal sites. The delegation, which included the TUDA Chairman and PCC leader, B. Karunakara Reddy, called on the Minister when he arrived at the airport on an official visit-cum-pilgrimage.

In the representation submitted to the Minister, the Floor Leader of the Congress, P. Nagabhushanam, demanded that the entire agenda and the resolutions adopted at the meeting of the council on March 5 be scrapped as it was `illegal and totally against the prescribed rules'. At the meeting, the Chairperson allegedly sanctioned amount for several works without securing the Council approval, the delegation charged.

Intervention sought

The delegation informed the Minister that they had already taken the matter to the notice of the district Collector and the Vigilance and Enforcement Department had already seized the agenda and other related records of the Council meeting. It was in this context that the delegation sought the intervention of the Minister to cancel the entire proceedings of the meeting and order a probe into the `irregularities'.

The Congress councillors also took to the notice of the Minister the other charges related to allotment of shops in the flower market and other issues.

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