VIJAYAWADA: Competition for a fancy registration number for a vehicle created ruckus between the ruling TDP and YSRC leaders at the regional transport office at Vuyyuru in Krishna district on Thursday. However, the incident came to light only Friday, when Vuyyuru MLC YVB Rajendra Prasad issued a clarification over the incident.
On Thursday, YSRCP follower Vinay Kumar made a bid for Rs 30,000 at RTO office, Vuyyuru to get AP 16 DD 7777 number for his vehicle. Meanwhile, Konda Praveen Kumar, one of the followers of MLC YVB Rajendra Prasad also wanted the same fancy number and made a bid. This created a ruckus between the TDP and YSRC leaders. Tension prevailed for a while at the RTO office as both the party leaders exchanged heated arguments.
Earlier, the TDP followers allegedly threatened a few, who came to make a bid for the same number. Most stayed away from the competition fearing the statements made by the TDP leaders, it is alleged. At one point, the TDP leaders also allegedly threatened to kidnap Vinay Kumar for competing for the same fancy number. However, Vuyyuru police did not register any case.
All for a fancy number
At the other end, YSRCP spokesperson Ambati Rambabu alleged that MLC YVB Rajendra Prasad resorted to misuse of power and threatened one Raviraj in abusive language, who recorded the incident at the RTO office, and also threw his mobile on the floor. “Instead of focusing on development in their constituencies, ruling party leaders are keen on attacking Vinay Kumar, who made a bid for a fancy registration number for his vehicle. Stern action should be taken against the MLC for attacking the Opposition leaders,” he demanded.
Responding to the incident, MLC YVB Rajendra Prasad said that YSRCP leaders are resorting to mudslinging against him for narrow political gains. He said that one of his followers participated in the auction at RTO office, Vuyyuru for a fancy number. “None of my followers resorted to jostling and they just exchanged heated arguments,” he said. According to sources, Praveen Kumar got the fancy number for Rs 62,000 in the auction conducted by the transport officials in a transparent manner.