Almost six months after he put in his papers as minister, roads and buildings minister Dharmana Prasada Rao participated in an official meeting at the Secretariat on Thursday.
In an obvious indication that he has decided to continue as a minister, he attended the National Academy of Construction (NAC) governing body meeting in his capacity as its vice-chairman. Chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is the chairman of NAC.
It may be recalled that Dharmana submitted his resignation after he was named by CBI in the Vanpic land allotment case, in which he was accused no 5. Dharmana submitted his resignation on August 14, 2012 to the chief minister, but Kiran Reddy did not accept it.
The chief minister’s aides said as the resignation was not accepted, Dharmana could continue as minister. However, Dharmana wanted an official statement from the chief minister that the resignation letter has been rejected.
The state Cabinet too refused to grant permission to prosecute Dharmana, but the Governor rejected the Cabinet recommendation.
Suddenly on Thursday, Dharmana turned up for the NIC meeting. When he came out of the meet, he refused to talk to the media and left in a huff.
When a reporter wondered whether he was on a vow of silence, the minister just stared at him and left the Secretariat. It remains to be seen whether Dharmana would attend his official duties from Friday.