Hyderabad: The ruling Congress party on Saturday managed to bring about a rapprochement between miffed Alur MLA from Kurnool district Neeraja Reddy and district MP Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy, leading to the MLA withdrawing her resignation she had tendered to Pradesh Congress Committee president Botsa Satyanarayana.
The MLA had dashed off her resignation letter to Mr Satyanarayana was pacified and coerced to withdraw it before she could send a similar letter to Speaker Nadendla Manohar.
Forest minister Satrucharla Vijayarama Rao, who represents Pathapatnam constituency from Srikakulam district, told a group of media persons at the Secretariat on Saturday that the ‘issue’ has been blown over. “Such instances are quite common,” he said.
The Alur MLA allegedly expressed her resentment over the much interference of the cited MP in her constituency which provoked her to part with the Assembly membership, finding no other alternative.
The Minister explained that she was advised to see Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to resolve the issue.
Earlier, she maintained that she was hurt and humiliated as the MP was trying to dominate the scene in her constituency. The officers were also siding with the MP, she had asserted.
Ms Neeraja Reddy was allegedly branded as a follower of YSR Congress Party chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, a charge she has denied.
The Minister informed the media that Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is scheduled to visit Kurnool next week where he would address a public meeting, besides other programmes.
Asked to clarify on the elephant menace in some districts, Mr Vijayarama Rao explained that he was planning to open a sanctuary for elephants in Srikakulam district but it was not materialised at the behest of the Communist leaders.
He reasoned that the pachyderms were forced to enter the districts as the tree felling was going unabated.
Deforestation was another reason for the tuskers to have a free run in the villages, the Forest Minister said.
The Minister admitted that the crocodiles left in the Nagarjuna Sagar were posing a threat to the people particularly the tourists. The lift project at the Sagar attracted tourists and the Minister agreed to check the crocodiles’ movement in the stream.(INN)