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Groupism in Tirupati Congress to the fore

Special Correspondent

TIRUPATI: The internal feud in the Tirupati city Congress camp which remained subdued all along has surfaced once again with the city Congress legislator M. Venkatramana and his rival group leader trading charges against each other. After a respite for quite sometime, groupism came to the fore once again in the backdrop of an attack on the close aide of the MLA on Thursday night by a group of about 20 unknown assailants armed with sticks and rods.

The MLA who kept blaming only the ‘goondas in our own party’ for masterminding the attack on his follower, Munisekhar on Friday queered the pitch by naming M. Chenga Reddy, son of the former Tirupati Congress MLA Mabbu Rami Reddy as the one behind the ‘deadly attack’. He has even demanded his arrest.

Police criticised

He also strongly criticised the police for soft-pedalling the case and charged that they failed to seize the vehicle which was used for the attack. Without naming the ‘force’ the MLA said the district police were playing into the hands of an ‘invisible force’. “I have taken the matter already to the notice of Home Minister Jana Reddy and sought his intervention to rein in his force. I have represented the matter to the Chief Minister also and would petition the PCC president D. Srinivas when he visits Tirupati on Sunday,” the MLA said.

Denies role

Meanwhile M. Chenga Reddy who is also the Tirupati city INTUC leader has not only denied any role in the attack but also heaped counter-charges at the MLA. He also sought to debunk the MLA’s charge against what he called the ‘invincible and invisible force’. There are no invisible and invincible forces in Congress. He sought to turn the table against the MLA by dubbing him as the ‘most corrupt MLA’ and a ‘land grabber to the core’.

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