TVIV founder-leader Mahesh responds to allegations that he was absconding after several misappropriations.
A week after allegations were levelled against Mahesh Konagala, TVIV founder-leader, he rubbishes them as an attempt to malign him. He was responding to reports that he was absconding after several misappropriations.
In an emotional vein, Mahesh told Postnoon that many of his detractors on the campus, worried at the popularity of the TVIV, have been spreading canards about him. “Ours is the only student union which is not attached to any political party. Hence, many are jealous and are trying to pull me down. Following instructions from other political parties, they hurl ludicrous charges against me,” he says. “But they won’t stick.”
Mahesh was referring to posters put up recently on the OU campus by an anonymous group which reads ‘Mahesh Konagala, has been absconding for the last few days’. “I am very much here and I have only been away travelling for a while to districts,” Mahesh said.
Mahesh was one of the students who blazed a trail taking to novel and emotional methods of protests during the 2009 agitations. He has been in jail several times and more than eight attempts were made on his life, he claims.
“I am very emotional about Telangana, and yes, I did a few things emotionally,” admits Mahesh. He ridiculed the charge that he took money from students and others by devious methods. “It’s all nonsense. We don’t have much of monetary support unlike other parties. Telangana sympathisers give us some money and with that we run the Vedika. Even our office is donated by a professor,” he said.
Mahesh explained, “I have been travelling to the districts (Warangal, Karimnagar and Nizamabad), to mobilise students to join TVIV.”
He believes his rivals used this opportunity to level charges against him. If they have gumption let them come out in the open, he challenged.
“We are not just restricted to OU. We want to expand throughout Telangana. Many rivals are afraid of us.”
Why did the TVIV not respond to the charges? “We want to, but are waiting for the right time. We have put up another pamphlet online, but our website is not officially launched. Soon we will put up posters in the campus and will let our actions speak.”
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