This is not the time to put conditions, says the Central Working Committee member

It’s the moral responsibility of the TRS to back the UPA Government

HYDERABAD: Congress Working Committee member G. Venkatawamy has advised Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhara Rao to support the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government without conditions.

Reacting to the TRS chief’s condition that the two MPs of his party would back the UPA only if Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave a specific assurance on creation of Telangana, Mr. Venkataswamy said at a press conference here on Wednesday that this was not the time to put conditions.

“It is the moral responsibility of the TRS to back the UPA Government,” he said and exuded confidence that the Congress party would give serious consideration to the demand for creation of a separate State. “Once the UPA Government survives the confidence vote, the demand for creation of Telangana may be seriously considered,” he said.

Irrigation project

Expressing displeasure over the Detailed Project Report (DPR) submitted by a consultancy, WAPCOS, on the Pranahita-Chevella irrigation scheme, Mr. Venkataswamy demanded that the Government constitute an expert committee to study it.

He said the DPR was submitted to the Government without the technical staff or engineers visiting the field. Raising doubts over the fairness of the DPR, he said the Government could not allow the survey on canal works to be taken up.

The Congress leader wondered how the agency could be so casual in its approach while preparing the DPR for one of the most ambitious and biggest irrigation project that would benefit five districts.

The expert committee should study the DPR and, if necessary, direct the Government to conduct a resurvey for the project.