Vishnuvardhan Reddy to join PR
Congress leader D. Vishnuvardhan Reddy is set to join the Praja Rajyam in the presence of Chiranjeevi at Hyderabad on Monday.
Party district convener Bhuma Nagireddy was behind Mr. Vishnuvardhan Reddy’s enrolment into PR.
Mr. Vishnuvardhan Reddy who is likely to contest from Panyam Assembly seat has a strong supporter base in three segments and will be a force to reckon with.
PR for CBI probe into scams
Seeking intervention: PR president Chiranjeevi meeting Governor N.D. Tiwari in Hyderabad on Sunday.
Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi has urged Governor N.D. Tiwari to intervene and direct Government to order inquiries by the Central Bureau of Investigation and sitting Supreme Court judge into the murky affairs of the Satyam and its other companies.
Leading a party delegation and calling on the Governor at the Raj Bhavan here on Sunday evening, Mr. Chiranjeevi also wanted the enquiry to look into the allegations of financial irregularities and violation of fiscal laws by Jagathi Publications owned by Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy’s son Y .S. Jaganmohan Reddy and Heritage Foods, run by former Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s wife N. Bhuvaneswari.
Submitting a memorandum, the Praja Rajyam chief said the State was now confronted with an extraordinary crisis, the gravity of which was sought to be downplayed by the ruling party, while the Leader of the Opposition was himself engulfed by charges of corruption. He said that in what was a scale of unprecedented proportions, the unholy ruling party – corporate nexus, fuelled by greed for personal aggrandisement, was pushing the economy to the brink of collapse. The situation needed immediate attention and steps to contain and undo the serious damage, he added. Mr. Chiranjeevi urged the Governor to invoke constitutional authority vested in him to order judicial enquiry on the issue.
Two retired DIGs, ex-MLA join PR
Two retired IPS officers who served as Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, a few Congress leaders from Hindupur and former Gudivada MLA Raavi Venkateswara Rao joined the Praja Rajyam in the presence of party president K. Chiranjeevi here on Sunday.
The former police officers included C. Gopinath Reddy and G. Subba Rao. Those who threw in their lot with the Praja Rajyam from Hindupur, in Anantapur district, were G.C. Sridhar, brother of Hindupur Municipal Chairman G. Venkatswamy, and a dental surgeon Sadashiv Reddy. A few dozens of their supporters, all brought together by Pasupuleti Gopal, a party leader in the district, also joined.
Talking to them, Mr. Chiranjeevi said his hands were being strengthened.
PRP to decentralise organisational structure
Party to hold a massive dharna on Feb. 18 against price rise
Plans are being made to involve local leadership
Party has decided to intensify public agitations in various constituencies
Buoyed by the overwhelming public response to the six-day Praja Ankita Yatra of party president K. Chiranjeevi, the Praja Rajyam Party has decided to intensify public agitations in various constituencies. The top brass of the party has also decided to decentralise party’s organisational committees. A joint convener assisted by a co-convener would take up the responsibility of coordinating programmes in five constituencies each.
Addressing a media conference here on Sunday, former MLA and district in-chrage S.A. Rehman said that the party would kick off its agitation programmes with a dharna against rise in prices on February 18, followed up various agitation programmes at local-level. “We want to decentralise the organisational structure and involve local leadership,” Mr. Rehman said.
Party’s district convener Sankuratri Rama Rao said that the overwhelming response, particularly women and youth, was indicative of a ‘silent revolution’ sweeping across the district. He said that the unprecedented response among the people of Backward Classes was sending shivers in the spines of Congress and Telugu Desam Party leaders.
“The two parties have gone hysterical ever since Chiranjeevi began his tour here and the tremendous response has created a panic in their party circles,” he said.
Urban convener Kilaru Rosaiah said that the successful tour would teach a befitting lesson to those who made fun of Chiranjeevi. “Some even said that PRP would not be able to open account in the district. People would know in a couple of months the capability of the party,” he said.
He said that the TDP, which had been harping on the welfare of BCs, has exploited the BCs by allotting just one seat, Kuchinapudi, to BCs. He expressed the confidence that the disgruntled sections in BC, SC and ST would rally around PRP in the coming elections.
Party’s official representative Kosuru Venkat, Mahila Wing leaders were present.