Telangana a high-priority issue: Rosaiah

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clearing the air: Finance Minister K. Rosaiah makes a point during a media conference in Guntur on Saturday.
clearing the air: Finance Minister K. Rosaiah makes a point during a media conference in Guntur on Saturday.

Staff Reporter

‘Party did not make any commitment to TRS on the issue in 2004’

House panel on statehood likely to be reconstituted after elections, says Rosaiah

TDP’s free rice and money transfer schemes lack clarity of purpose, he asserts

GUNTUR: Finance Minister K. Rosaiah has said that the issue of granting separate statehood to Telangana continues to be a “high-priority” issue for the party.

Mr. Rosaiah, who heads the House Committee constituted to look into issues relating to granting of separate statehood to Telangana, also explained that normally it would take several years for granting statehood.

Even in the case of Telangana, the House Committee was asked to look into several issues in its terms of reference, like sharing of water resources, inter-State riparian disputes and the impact on various stakeholders in the State.

Time consuming

“These are the issues that demand a detailed examination and solutions would definitely take time,” he explained his party stance on the issue that remained crucial in deciding the political fortunes of major parties as the countdown for the first phase of elections on April 16 has began.

He also hinted at the possibility of the House Committee, which consists of MLAs of all parties, being reconstituted after the elections.

“Since the elections will decide the fate of MLAs, who are members of the committee, it could be reconstituted,” he said.

While denying that the Congress had given a commitment to the TRS over granting of separate statehood, he said that it had only entered into an “electoral adjustment” with the TRS in the year 2004 over the issue.

Earlier, he hit back at the Telugu Desam’s manifesto and said that the two major poll promises of the party – free rice and money transfer scheme – lacked clarity of purpose and were mere exercises aimed at misguiding the people.

Referring to the money transfer scheme, he said that after consulting many financial experts, he had come to understand that the scheme was an on-line transfer of money to account holders.



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