Constituency watch: Andhra Pradesh

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K. Chandrasekhar Rao drew flak from different quarters for his comments on Polavaram project and division of employees. They accused him of provoking people with an eye on electoral gains.

Union Minister K. Chiranjeevi criticised the TRS chief for raising the settled issue ahead of elections for political gains. He stated that it was Mr. Rao who had agreed for merger of Bhadrachalam division with Seemandhra in lieu of statehood to Telangana.

“No one fears Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao’s provocative statements and no one can harm people including those from Seemandhra settled in Hyderabad, which is going to be a common capital for the next 10 years,” Mr. Chiranjeevi said speaking at Indira Bhavan on Thursday.

Reacting to the TRS chief’s comments, Jai Samaikyandhra Party president and former Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy said Mr. Rao’s talk of not allowing Polavaram works to progress until the design was changed is meaningless. “Who’s KCR to force changes in the design of Polvaram project? It will get all the clearances,” he noted.

On the division of employees between the two States, Mr. Kiran Reddy suggested Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao to check the facts as to what was there in the law on the issue.

Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president Ponnala Lakshmaiah said the project design would be based on technical feasibility and not on one’s likes or dislikes. On employees’ distribution, he said they would abide by the provisions made in the A.P. Reorganisation Act for the purpose.

‘Brothers having differences natural’

Meanwhile, referring to his younger brother Pawan Kalyan’s new party Jana Sena, Mr. Chiranjeevi said there was nothing unnatural in brothers having political differences. “I have my blessings with him as brother, but he is my rival politically,” he said.

On Mr. Kalyan holding the Congress solely responsible for bifurcation, Mr. Chiranjeevi said that all parties were responsible for it and blaming the Congress alone was unjust.