Row over statue removal YSR statue removed for road widening: VMC
A 22-feet bronze YSR statue built to mark the Pulichintala project opposite the police control room near Pandit Nehru Bus Stand in Vijayawada has been removed late on Thursday night.Keeping in view the heavy traffic rush for the upcoming Krishna Pushkaralu, the district administration has decided to remove the statue and it has led to a controversy between the police and the YSRC leaders.
The city police arrested YSRC city president Vanga veeti Radha krishna and party state leader Jogi Ramesh when they tried to prevent the statue removal. The YSRC activists staged a protest in front of the statue for the arrest of their leaders.
Congress spokesperson K. Sivaji said that the Chief Minister was jealous of the YSR statue which is centrally located and has ordered its removal. He said the NTR statue, which is in the midst of the roads in Patamata causing traffic jams was not removed. He said that the government should have consulted the city leaders before removing the statue.
The VMC authorities, however, claimed that they were forced to remove the statue as it was obstructing the flow of traffic through the flyover leading to the Kanakadurga temple from the control room point.
Meanwhile, after the government, now the opposition YSR Congress is going to conduct a survey on the issues and problems being faced by younger generation in Andhra Pradesh. The YSRC youth wing conducted a review meeting with youth leaders of the 13 districts at Guntur on Saturday. Addressing the meeting, YSRC youth wing state president J. Raja said that the YSRC will conduct a survey to know the issues and difficulties being faced by students and youth in the 13 districts of AP. He said that the YSRC will include the issues of youth in the party manifesto in the forthcoming elections in the year 2019. He said that committees would be appointed to strengthen the YSRC from village leveland further to conduct campaign against the Telugu Desam government highlighting its failures in fulfilling election promises, including dole to unemployed youth.
YSRC youth wing Guntur city president V.B. Vajram Babu and leaders from the 13 districts of AP participated in the meeting. VMC officials remove former chief minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s statue near the police control room in Vijayawada on Friday.