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Dharmana says he will remain a Congress man

Dharmana says he will remain a Congress man
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- Claims charges against him are baseless - Would abide by the party high command's decision Srikakulam : Dharmana Prasada Rao, who resigned as the ...

- Claims charges against him are baseless - Would abide by the party high command's decision

darmanna prasad raoSrikakulam : Dharmana Prasada Rao, who resigned as the Roads and Buildings Minister after being charge-sheeted by the CBI in the Vanpic case, told here on Tuesday a massive gathering which was celebrating his birthday that he would remain a Congressman.

Prasada Rao asserted that there was no truth in the allegations leveled against him and reiterated that the G.O. in the case was released as per the guidelines. The G.O. was issued following a joint decision of the Cabinet and was not intended to secure any personal benefit. However, the Srikakulam strongman declared that he would abide by the party high command's decision. He advised party men and admirers to strengthen the party.

His comment of remaining a Congressman assumed significance noted with curious interest by both party men and the Opposition in the context of rumours that he would make an announcement regarding his future plans. Earlier, Prasada Rao, accompanied by family members, visited the temple of Suryanarayana Swamy at Arasavalli and offered pooja. He attended the function organised by partymen and admirers at his camp office and cut the birthday cake. The minister's supporters showered him with flowers and offered sweets to the gathering amid a festive atmosphere.

Prasada Rao garlanded Rajiv Gandhi's statue in Indira Vignan Bhavan and visited the Kurmanadha Kshetram at Srikurmam in the evening. At the celebrations in Indira Bhavan, his followers and admirers from across the district celebrated the day with fire crackers. President of DCC Narendra Yadav presided over the function. Speakers praised Prasada Rao's services to the party and credited him with turning the district into a Congress stronghold, after being a Telugu Desam bastion.

They said the 'unprecedented' development witnessed in the district after 2004 was his singular contribution. A speaker recalled that Dharmana had resigned soon after allegations were made against him. Rain accompanied by thunder and lightning dampened the birthday celebrations. Legislators Juttu Jagannayakulu, Korla Bharati, Peerukatla Viswaprasad, Gade Srinivasulu Naidu were among those present.

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