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Rift in TDP hits development in Mandasa

Rift in TDP hits development in Mandasa
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Palasa Assembly constituency in the district has been turned as a centre of political controversy within the TDP leaders. Initially, the rift was started between MLA GSS Sivaji and Mandasa Mandal Praja Parishad president (MPP) Korla Kavitha and her husband and TDP leader Korla Kanna Rao.

Srikakulam: Palasa Assembly constituency in the district has been turned as a centre of political controversy within the TDP leaders. Initially, the rift was started between MLA GSS Sivaji and Mandasa Mandal Praja Parishad president (MPP) Korla Kavitha and her husband and TDP leader Korla Kanna Rao.

The reason for rift is the MLA allegedly creating hurdles for development works in Mandasa mandal. But the MLA’s daughter and TDP district president G Sirisha said the main reason was conversion approval of a land for real estate purpose as Kanna Rao is a realtor and he purchased the land from an ex-service man.

Conversion and alienation on ex-servicemen lands is against rule and officials prevented it. But the MPP and her husband denied it. Due to rifts, the MPP resigned to her post and another was elected as an MPP for Mandasa mandal recently though considerable number of Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) members skipped the election.

Before restoring to peaceful political environment in Mandasa mandal, fresh controversy erupted in Palasa municipality which is also Assembly segment headquarters with the suspension of Palasa Municipal Chairman Kotha Purnachandra Rao on some allegations.

Purnachandra Rao group in the TDP alleged that the MLA and his daughter and TDP district president carried wrong information to high command to expel him from the party as he is questioning MLA’s excess involvement and his son–in–law’s domination over Palasa municipal affairs.

Interestingly, Mandasa MPP Kavitha and Palasa Municipal Chairman Purnachandra Rao belonging to one community Kalinga which is single largest electoral chunk in the district and spreading in 10 Assembly segments across the district. The political controversy within the TDP crossed the limits and gets caste colour.

In this backdrop leaders, professionals and elders of Kalinga community took out a rally against MLA in Palasa town and called for called for Palasa bandh on Saturday.

As a preventive measure, police promulgated Section 144 and detained leaders of Kalinga caste. “In the wake disturbances among political groups within the party and castes we have imposed section-144 as precautionary measure’ Superintendent of Police CM Trivikrama Varma told The Hans India “All the allegations levelled against my father and MLA GSS Sivaji are baseless and disturbances will be cleared soon,” said TDP district president G Sirisha.

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