MLAs, ministers busy in Munugode, ignoring own areas

Warangal: While the people of Munugode assembly segment are enthused by the sudden attention they are getting due to the by-poll and hoping to get goodies from the government, there are a flurry of protests elsewhere.

As a lot of ruling party MLAs from other constituencies, as also ministers, are camping in Munugode and campaigning for the party candidate, the people in their constituencies feel their problems are being ignored by the legislators. Such protests are heard prominently in Karimnagar and Warangal districts.

The people in the temple town Dharmapuri said that, instead of focusing on matters like development of the famous Sri Laxmi Narasimha Swamy temple in the constituency, its MLA and state welfare minister Koppula Eshwar was spending all his time in Munugode.

After the state government sanctioned `100 crore for the temple, there is no sign of works starting. The process of tenders for works costing `62.44 crore was completed several months back, it is pointed out.

Except for the slow-paced construction of 30 rooms for a Dharmashala and the arch at Rayapatnam, other works have not been started due to lack of proper supervision, the devotees alleged.

The people living in agency areas of Mahabubabad, Mulugu and Bhupalpally of erstwhile Warangal district are expressing their anger against ministers Satyavathi Rathode and Errabelli Dayakar Rao for ignoring their problems and, instead, making promises to the people of Munugode.

For instance, for several months, a confrontation was on between forest officials and tribals cultivating podu lands in the agency areas. Instead of resolving the issue and getting the officials to conduct the survey in their respective areas for distribution of pattas to eligible podu land farmers as per the GO-140, the two ministers are busy with the poll campaign in Munugode, it is noted.

Those in Ganneruvaram mandal of Manakondur assembly segment are disappointed with a promise made by their MLA Rasamai Balakishan to the people of Munugode during the poll campaign at Dhoni Pamula village. The promise was he would divert `2 crore funds allotted to his constituency Manakondur for the development of the Dhoni Pamula village in Chandur mandal.

They alleged that even though the court had issued orders two years ago for sanctioning of ex-gratia to the Ganneruvaram mandal oustees, who lost their fields and houses during construction of the Lower Manair Dam, MLA Rasamai Balakishan had not taken any initiative to speak to the finance department for sanctioning of ex-gratia to the oustees.

“Even with one rainfall, several villages of Ganneruvaram mandal will submerge in floods. Instead of developing the mandal and helping the outsees, MLA Balakishan wanted to divert the funds of Manakondur constituency to Munugode,” they alleged.

The inhabitants of Choppadandi constituency in Karimnagar district demanded that their MLA Sunke Ravi Shankar resign as no development was taking place in the constituency.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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