Turf war has begun once again among Congress leaders at a time when the party leadership is trying to bring unity among warring factions to prepare the party for the 2014 polls. In the latest instance, housing minister N Uttam Kumar Reddy and former minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy were locked in a bitter verbal duel.
While Uttam Kumar Reddy called Venkat Reddy an opportunist, “whose political agenda revolves around bagging irrigation work contracts”, the latter described the minister as a cheap politician, “who makes baseless allegations against his rivals”. The two leaders, who hail from the same Nalgonda district, have been spewing fire at each other for the last two days.
It all began when Venkat Reddy faulted Uttam, a close aide of chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, for inviting Union tourism minister Chiranjeevi to a programme at Huzurnagar in Nalgonda district on Tuesday. Uttam Kumar represents the Huzurnagar segment.
Taking exception to it, Venkta Reddy called Uttam Kumar Reddy a betrayer of Telangana movement since he had brought to the programme Chiranjeevi who opposes bifurcation of the state.
Following the remarks, Uttam, on Tuesday, came down heavily on Komatireddy brothers--MLA Venkat Reddy and MP Rajgopal Reddy.
The minister described them as political brokers acting in favour of YSR Congress president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.
“It has become fashionable for these leaders to talk about Telangana whenever it is convenient to them, while entering into a secret understanding with Jagan’s party. I don’t want to talk about Telangana everywhere, but would raise it only where it matters,” he said.
Uttam sought to know if Komatireddy brothers had got the sub-contract for Pothireddypadu project in Kadapa district, which was aimed at diverting the Krishna water from Telangana to Rayalaseema.
Reacting to Uttam Kumar’s potshots, Venkat Reddy and Rajgopal Reddy exploded against the housing minister, alleging that the minister had got kickbacks in the modernisation works of Nagarjuna Sagar dam.