Kesineni Closes His Travel Agency, Set To Continue Cargo
Amaravati: Vijayawada MP Kesineni Srinivas had closed his popular travel agency, Kesineni Travels, from the midnight of Friday. He had shut his three decade old travel agency and is said to be planning to continue his cargo services. All 170 buses owned by the Kesineni Travels and operating in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and other States are closed. The travel agency had also reportedly stopped advance bookings for the past one week. All the offices of the travel agency across the southern States were also closed from the midnight.
Kesineni had initially planned to close his travel agency last week following a dispute with Transport Commissioner N Balasubrahmanyam. His office had called for a press conference where he was scheduled to make an announcement. However, he differed the announcement following a telephone call from Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu. It is said that Chandrababu Naidu had advised him against closing the travels and assured him of all the support that is required. However, it is said that the MP was not happy with the assurance given by the Chief Minister himself.
The MP had come to the decision to close his travel agency after he was forced by the Chief Minister to apologise to the transport commissioner. The MP held a protest at the transport commissioner’s office when local MLA Bonda Umamaheswara Rao and MLC Buddha Venkanna attacked the transport commissioner’s gunman. The media had highlighted the assault which had put the government in an embarrassing situation. Following this the Chief Minister had held a meeting with Kesineni, Bonda Uma and Buddha Venkanna and directed them to tender apology to the transport commissioner.
Though the MP had apologized, he felt humiliated and took objections to the way an MP was made to apologise to an officer. It is said that he had initially wanted to take up the issue to the notice of the Lok Sabha Speaker and the privileges committee of the Parliament. However, he restrained from the move and finally closed his travel agency.
Meanwhile, the decision of the MP is all set to cast shadow on the ruling Telugu Desam Party in which he is an MP. As an MLA and MLC are also involved in the issue of assault on the transport commissioner and MLA Bonda Uma too is unhappy with the TDP after expansion, the closure of Kesineni Travels has all the potential to put the government in a major trouble. It is to be seen how the government would react to the MP’s decision.