Hyderabad: With several of its functionaries testing positive and party secretary succumbing to Covid-19 , TPCC chief N Uttam Kumar Reddy on Thursday said Gandhi Bhavan, party headquarters in Nampally, would be shut. However, he said that the decision was taken to sanitise the entire building keeping in view the fast spreading corona virus.
“With the pandemic spreading across the State during the past four months, we decided to take up sanitisation. Hence, the party office will be closed till Saturday. During this period, only emergency staff will attend the work,” Uttam Kumar Reddy said. The Gandhi Bhavan will be opened to regular work after Saturday.
On Monday, TPCC secretary G Narendra Yadav succumbed to the virus at a private hospital in Hyderabad, where he was admitted a few days ago. Yadav had recently participated in various programmes to distribute aid among poor hit by the lockdown. As the leader had participated in the party programmes held at Gandhi Bhavan in recent days, the party is trying to trace those who had come in contact with him.
Yadav is the second party leader to die of Covid-19 in a week. Earlier, former chairman of minority cell of the party in undivided Andhra Pradesh Mohammed Sirajuddin succumbed to the virus. He died while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Hyderabad on July 6. His wife and brother had also tested positive for the virus.
‘Impose President’s Rule’
Meanwhile, Bhongir MP Komatireddy Venkat Reddy in a statement here on Thursday urged the State government to impose health emergency in the State and said the party leaders would meet the President and urge him to impose President’s Rule in the State. “The State has failed to save the common man from the virus. The government which is demolishing the Secretariat to fulfil its whims and fancies has failed miserably in controlling the spread of the virus,” he said.
Demanding that the Chief Minister visit the Osmania General Hospital which was inundated due to heavy rains, he said that the government which had not taken up a review on Covid in recent days was reviewing the demolition process of the Secretariat. “People are fed up with the indifferent attitude of the government and are hoping that the TRS rule will end soon,” he said.