Sunday, March 26, 2017
TDP leaders Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), Vijayawada Central MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao and MLC Budha Venkanna tendered an apology to Transport Commissioner N.Balasubramanyam bringing the issue to an end.
At a press conference here, the TDP leaders apologized the transport officials following a stern message from Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu to do so. Nani said that it was unfortunate that unwarranted developments took place while they were agitating for a public caugse. ‘We apologized to the officials without taking it as a prestige issue’, he said. He said that the Kesineni Travels was not plying buses illegally and was strictly adhering to the rules and added that it was ready to stop plying buses if directed by the Chief Minister.
It may be recalled that Kesineni Nani Goondagiri on Road Transport Commissioner Balasubrahmanyam on road in public view created a flutter and received all-round criticism of the leaders action on a public servant. Sources said that the Chief Minsiter has reportedly instructed them to tender apology immediately as the rude behavior in public was a bolt on the party.
Double standards:: YSRCP and other opposition parties came down heavily on the issue. YSRCP leader K.Parthasarathy alleged that the government was adopting double standards for the ruling and the Opposition leaders. He said that the government slapped cases against Jagan Reddy for questioning the officials in the Nandigama incident. He said that if the government was sincere, it should take action against the erring TDP leaders.
Congress spokesperson Kolanukonda Shivaji said that the TDP leaders were attacking the officials who refused to obey their orders and cited the incidents like Tehsildar Vanajakshi and Transport Commissioner but were allowed to go scot-free.
JAC condemns attack:: The incident evoked strong reaction from employees of the department. Transport Employees JAC leader Mani Kumar said such behavior against Transport Commissioner who was known for his proficiency and hard work was not acceptable. He said that they would file a police case and also go on a strike from Monday in protest against the incident. But by afternoon, it was curtains with the MP, MLA and MLC apologizing to the Transport Commissioner at his office.