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Congress leader alleges discrimination

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VISAKHAPATNAM, MARCH 5. The Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee member, S. Gopal, has alleged that there is a nexus between political and administrative bosses, who have formed into a `mafia' to loot the public sector, and threatened to launch a campaign against this.

Talking to reporters here on Friday, he said that not even the Defence establishments were spared by these forces. "The CBI has been made a puppet organisation by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). If an ordinary worker is suspected to err, he is immediately suspended. If an IAS officer with political clout is used as a conduit for political corruption, he is excused,'' the Congress leader alleged.

On the incident of the Municipal Commissioner of Visakhapatnam allegedly manhandling a worker on duty and damaging the mike set while the Khadi Consumers' Welfare Association was holding prayers in front of the Gandhi Statue on the Martyrs Day in the city, Mr. Gopal, who is also president of the association, said that a delegation led by him could not meet the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, during their visit to Delhi recently. However, it called on the veteran freedom fighter and chairperson of Rajghat Mahatma Smriti Committee, Nirmala Deshpande, in New Delhi and apprised her of the incident, he disclosed.

The Congress leader alleged that the Municipal Commissioner was acting as an agent of the Telugu Desam Party and said that since no action was taken by the police on his complaint, the association members offered prayer at Rajghat and wanted to complain to Dr. Abdul Kalam. However, the latter was away in Kolkata at that time.

Mr. Gopal said that he was continuing `democratic and legal efforts against the erring IAS officer'. Since the State Government and the political bosses were protecting the official, the Congress would campaign against the discrimination from the last week of this month by holding gate meetings at the Naval Dockyard, Visakhapatnam Port Trust and other major industrial units in the city, he revealed.

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