Naidu Stops Kesineni From Quitting Travel Business In A Huff
Travel businessman-turned-politician, Kesineni Srinivas (Nani), the Vijayawada’s MP, electrified the politics of Andhra Pradesh on Friday as he had decided to quit the transport business. His office had sent invitations to the media to be present at his Kesineni Travels’ private parking lot at Enikepadu in the evening. All through the day his office had also sent leaks about his possible announcement of quitting the business in the light of the controversy that surrounded him following near assault on Transport Commissioner N Balasubrahmaniam and his subsequent apology to the officer after a meeting with Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
Though the MP was not spotted attacking or abusing the Transport Commissioner, he was the center of the incident as the Opposition YSR Congress took up the issue and rocked the Assembly proceedings. It was said that the MP had visited the Transport Commissioner’s office to complain against the department allowing a Telangana-based travel agency, Orange Bus, in Andhra Pradesh routes without proper permits. He also took the officials to task when he had learned about the officials altering the reports on an accident involving the Orange Bus, leading to death of a worker in the State. He demanded that the Transport Department should be tough with the operator and curb illegal operations. However, when he was joined by legislator Bonda Umamaheswara Rao, MLC Buddha Venkanna and AP Police Housing Corporation chairman K Nagul Meera, the situation went out of control and the legislator was spotted pushing the gunman of the Transport Commissioner even as the Commissioner was looking helpless. The Vijayawada police too have failed to react to the incident and rush to the aid of the senior officer.
The whole incident had put the ruling party in tight spot forcing the Chief Minister to hold talks with the MP, MLA and MLC and made them to personally visit the Transport Commissioner and publicly apologise to him. Though Kesineni had apologized to the Commissioner he was feeling uncomfortable since then and had finally decided to quit the transport business closing his Kesineni Travels. According to sources, he had kept the route permits of all his buses in suspended animation and parked them all in his parking lot here. He had told his drivers and other staff to find alternative jobs since he was quitting.
Kesineni had arrived at the venue for the scheduled press conference along with his supporters. It was at that point of time, he had received a phone call from Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu who had asked him to meet him in the camp office and not to talk to the media. Accordingly, Kesineni had left the place without addressing the media further electrifying the politics.
It is now to be seen how Chandrababu Naidu would convince the sensitive MP and set things in order.