There is a popular saying in Telugu: “Sommu Okadidi, Soku Okadidi” (One spends, somebody else enjoys). This aptly suits for Telugu Desam Party MP from Rajahmundry Murali Mohan.
A few months ago, TDP president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu dedicated the much-publicised Polavaram project to the nation.
The project itself smacks of large scale corruption and Naidu himself inaugurate the project at least three times in the past at different stages.
During one of these dedicating-to-the-nation dramas, a cultural programme was held to highlight the so-called “achievement.”
On this occasion, Murali Mohan released an audio CD comprising three songs, all praising Chandrababu Naidu for being “Apara Bhagiratha” in diverting Godavari waters to Krishna basin.
The songs were composed by Vandemataram Srinivas and everybody thought the CDs were brought out by Murali Mohan himself, going by the appreciation he was receiving on the stage.
Very recently, the Naidu government issuing a GO, asking the irrigation department to release an amount of Rs 9.5 lakh for producing the audio CD towards payment of remuneration to artistes and recording of the songs.
The amount was adjusted in the Polavaram budget. It was a surprise to the irrigation department officials themselves, as they thought Murali Mohan had spent the money from his own pocket for the CDs. If the government has to pay money, why should Muralimohan do overaction on the stage?