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Naming of causeway triggers row

By Our Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA, FEB. 13. An interesting story unfolded at Penuganchiprolu village of the Jaggaiahpet Assembly constituency today with a newly-built causeway across the Munneru river being inaugurated twice -- once by Congress activists and later by the Minister for Roads and Buildings, Tummala Nageswara Rao.

While the Congress activists christened it after the presiding deity of the village, Lakshmi Tirupatamma, defying the Government's directive, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders had it named after the former Minister, Nettam Raghuram. While the causeway was being spruced up for inauguration by Mr. Nageswara Rao at 3 p.m. on Friday, Congress activists, under the stewardship of the former Congress MLA from Jaggaiahpet, Samineni Udayabhanu, declared it inaugurated by organising a small function.

The causeway was constructed near the temple of Lakshmi Tirupatamma with Zilla Parishad funds. The TDP leaders received a directive from the Government to name the causeway after Mr. Raghuram. Though the causeway was already commissioned, the R&B Minister was invited to formally inaugurate it.

Getting wind of the directive to name the causeway after Mr. Raghuram, the Congress leaders issued statements protesting against the decision to give the local TDP leader's name to the bridge. Mr. Udayabhanu said the bridge across the Krishna in Vijayawada was named after goddess Kanakadurga and the bus station was named after Jawaharlal Nehru.

With a view to foiling the bid of the TDP leaders, Mr. Udayabhanu had the causeway inaugurated by the sarpanch, Sudha Rani. A picture of the local deity, Lakshmi Tirupathamma, was put on the causeway and the former MLA declared that the bridge was named after the goddess. He said the village panchayat passed a resolution naming the causeway after the local deity.

Meanwhile, the word about the hullabaloo on the causeway spread quickly and the TDP activists arrived on the scene. The Congress and the TDP activists had an argument about the naming and inauguration of the bridge. The TDP activists staged a rasta roko for sometime and left. The Minister, who was supposed to turn up at 3 p.m., however, reached the place at around 4.30 p.m. and inaugurated the causeway. He asserted that he was naming it after Mr. Raghuram.

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