Botsa tries to shield Rosaiah from Jagan’s barbs

Panchayat raj minister Botsa Satyanaryana today went in defence of chief minister K Rosaiah in the wake of comments made by Kadapa MP YS Jagan Mohan Reddy at Jammalamadugu in Kadapa district yesterday over implementation of the Pavala Vaddi scheme.

Replying to questions at a news conference here, the minister, without referring to Jagan Mohan Reddy directly, said that snags in implementation of schemes used to be there earlier also (during YSR’s regime) but the programmes were not scrapped altogether. With modifications here and there, those schemes were continued and there was no reason why one should get worried over the possibility of the schemes being dumped. “Sometimes schemes get delayed due to paucity of funds. This is a common phenomenon. It does not mean that the programme will be scrapped altogether,’’ he said in reply to reporters’ query over reduction of seats in IIITs, fee reimbursement scheme for students of professional colleges and Pavala Vaddi scheme.

Asked whether it was proper for a Congress MP to lower the image of the party at public meetings, he said that if a constructive suggestion came from any one, whether from the ruling party or from the opposition party, there should not be any problem for the government to act on it. If a ruling party member had something more than just a suggestion, it would be better for him to raise it at an appropriate forum in the party rather than make comments in the public, he said.

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