Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Praja Rajyam has regretted that ‘injustice’ had been done to the State in terms of the poor representation in the Union Council of Ministers and charged Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy with lack of will to pursue the State’s agenda. At a press conference here on Thursday, senior leader T. Sitaram said that although 33 Congress MPs were elected from the State, Dr. Reddy managed to secure only one Cabinet rank Minister and four Ministers of State.

In comparison, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, that sent lesser number of Congress and Trinamool Congress MPs, had bagged many more berths while the NCP could get three. He regretted that the North-South divide still continued despite better performance. Of the 78-strong Union Cabinet, only 26 were from the South, he said.

Wrong signals: BJP

The BJP also said that the constitution of a jumbo Cabinet during recession time would send wrong signals to different institutions in the country and to the global community at large that India was not taking economy-saving measures.

In a press release, BJP State president Bandaru Dattatreya said AP was subjected to injustice in the Union Cabinet. Despite contributing 33 MPs to the UPA government, the State got only five positions. He said inclusion of S. Jairam Ramesh in the State quota was not acceptable.