RAJAHMUNDRY/HYDERABAD: The BJP, which is planning to grow in Andhra Pradesh on its own, seems to have begun slowly needling its ally, the TDP.
Proving this, BJP MLC Somu Veerraju, who is a confidant of Jana Sena founder Pawan Kalyan, and BJP’s floor leader in the Assembly P Vishnukumar Raju on Monday launched an offensive on the State government over the alleged corruption in organising the just-concluded Godavari Maha Pushkarams. Addressing mediapersons in Rajahmundry on Monday, Somu Veerraju alleged that there was rampant corruption in the Pushkaram related works.
Even as AP Congress Committee president N Raghuveera Reddy is accusing the TDP government of taking kickbacks while undertaking Pushkaram related works, the BJP leader too made a similar charge.
According to Veerraju, corruption on a massive scale had taken place in the allotment of sanitation works, purchase of bleaching powder and also in the beautification works of Rajahmundry city during Pushkarams.
“Spending `9 crore for beautification of the city is a farce. Shelling out `80 lakh for the construction of a park at the central jail is an example for corruption,” he alleged.
Interestingly, BJP floor leader P Vishnukumar Raju fired salvos at Municipal Administration Minister P Narayana saying that the minister was not accessible even to MLAs.
While speaking at a municipal workers’ meeting in Visakhapatnam, Raju said, “It has taken almost five days for me to meet the Municipal Administration Minister, that too after several attempts. My phone calls to him went unanswered for five days. After that, I went to Rajahmundry and could meet the minister at the mercy of his security personnel, in order to discuss the demands of sanitary workers with him.” “If such is the case of a BJP floor leader, what would be the fate of commoners who want to submit any memorandum to the minister on their problems?” he wondered.