ANDHRA PRADESH

MLA, transport official lock horns over `agents' issue

The Vijayawada East MLA,Vangaveeti Radhakrishna, staging a rasta roko along with his supporters on MG Road in Vijayawada on Saturday. Photo: Ch_Vijaya Bhaskar.  

VIJAYAWADA, AUG. 21. The simmering differences between the administration and political leadership came to the fore once again even as the Vijayawada East legislator, Vangaveeti Radhakrishna, staged a dharna in front of the Deputy Transport Commissioner's office in protest against the non-implementation of the directives given by the Minister concerned.

Complaint lodged

The Deputy Transport Commissioner (DTC), S.A.V. Prasada Rao, on his part, lodged a complaint with the Commissioner of city police, T. Krishna Prasad, against Mr. Radhakrishna for obstructing the officials from performing their duties.

Trouble began on Saturday morning when the Vijayawada East legislator went to the DTC's office with a request that the latter allow the agents to take up transactions.

But, the official refused to oblige on the ground that he had no written intimation about the re-introduction of authorised agents.

Mr. Radhakrishna tried to persuade the official by citing a statement made by the Transport Minister, S. Santosh Reddy, during his visit to the city recently that the Government was actively considering the re-introduction of the RTA agents.

Verbal duel

Heated exchanges ensued as Mr. Radhakrishna and Mr. Rao remained firm on their stands and the issue finally culminated into the walk-out by Mr. Rao, who, along with his staff, went ahead to lodge a complaint with the Police Commissioner about the `misbehaviour' of the legislator with him.

`Sensitive issue'

The Commissioner, it is understood, tried to pacify the transport official assuring the latter that he would personally look into the matter.

"It is a sensitive issue and needs to be addressed delicately," the Commissioner told reporters later.

Mr. Radhakrishna , on his part, staged a dharna in front of the transport office demanding that action be initiated against the official for not obliging the order from the Minister.