YLP renews demand for Alluri statue in Parliament Complex
Visakhapatnam: Chairman of AP Hindi Academy and former member of the Rajya Sabha, Prof. Yarlagadda Lakshmi...
Visakhapatnam: Chairman of AP Hindi Academy and former member of the Rajya Sabha, Prof. Yarlagadda Lakshmi Prasad, has renewed his demand for installation of statue of freedom fighter from this region, Alluri Seetarama Raju, at Parliament House Complex. He also blamed the negligence of MPs from the State on this issue.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday, he said a joint committee on installation of statues/portraits of national leaders and parliamentarians in Parliament House Complex, headed by the then Lok Sabha Speaker GMC Balayogi, had approved installation of the statues of both Alluri Seetarama Raju and founder president of Telugu Desam Party and former Chief Minister NT Rama Rao way back in 2000.
As per the proposals, a 12-ft statue of Alluri Seetarama Raju was decided to be installed in Parliament House Complex and a nine-ft statue of NT Rama Rao in the waiting halls of the complex.A The former parliamentarian said there was no response from the State government though the committee had requested for donation of the statues prepared as per the specifications. While the process was being delayed, former MP and TDP politburo member K Yerran Naidu wrote to the committee chairman in 2006 that TD president N Chandrababu Naidu would present both the statues. But his proposals were also set aside by both the Telugu Desam and the Congress government on presenting the statues to the Parliament Secretariat for installation.
Recently, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and NTR's daughter D Purandeswari presented her father's statue as per specifications, which is slated for unveiling next month. However, none came forward on Alluri Seetarama Raju's statue.
Prof. Prasad said it was unfortunate that Telugu pride and freedom fighter Alluri Seetarama Raju's statue was still in abeyance. Alluri valiantly fought against British at the time when there was no communication technology mobilising the tribals who were scattered in far-flung hamlets of the Agency. Just because he had no political heirs, the statue was being neglected, he said. "We have more than 60 Telugu-speaking LS and RS members," he said.