ANDHRA PRADESH

Protocol goes for a toss

ELURU OCT. 5. After elected representatives of the Congress, now it seems to be the turn of the BJP's Union Minister of State for Public Distribution System, U.V. Krishnam Raju, to become a victim of protocol violation.

To the dismay of Mr. Krishnam Raju, inauguration of a host of programmes funded by him from MPLADS funds in his home constituency of Narasapur took place reportedly without his knowledge on Friday.

The Minister for Law, K. Chandrasekhar, and the Minister for Fisheries, N. Narasimha Rao, went ahead with the scheduled programmes relating to inauguration of roads and school buildings at Kakaraparru, Kanuru, Kanuru Agraharam and Teeparru villages. The efforts by the BJP district unit president, Mr. Varma, to stall the programmes proved to be of no avail. However, inauguration of SCs community halls at Teeparru and Tatiparru was suspended following vociferous protests from BJP functionaries.

According to Mr. Varma, the Union Minister strove for allocation of funds from the Prime Minister's Sadak Yojana for laying roads and sanctioned funds from the MPLADS for constructing school buildings and community halls.

He wanted the programmes put off as the local MP was not informed of the programmes. But the Ministers ignored his protests and went ahead with the programmes.

Meanwhile, a similar case in Kovur recently has sparked widespread protests as the local Congress MLA, G.S. Rao, took strong exception to the invitation of the defeated candidate of the TDP, Krishnababu, onto the dais. The function organised by the district administration was intended to kick-start arrangements for the coming Godavari Pushkarams.

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