Staff Reporter

Centre accused of ignoring Opposition's caution about attacks by terrorists

Mumbai blasts symbolise Centre's failure, say TD leadersParty to raise issue in coming Parliamentary session

HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam Party has charged the UPA Government with failing to maintain internal security as symbolised by the bomb blasts in Mumbai.

Addressing a press conference, TD Parliamentary Party leader K. Yerran Naidu and MP R. Chandrasekhara Reddy said there have been about eight such instances relating to internal security in Jammu and Kashmir, Assam and Chattisgarh and every time the UPA Government proved unequal to the task.

Proactive role

They said the Opposition had been cautioning the Government about such attacks and the need for it to play a proactive role, but it was of no avail.

The TDPP which met under the chairmanship of Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu here on Saturday decided to raise this and other issues in the coming session of the Parliament commencing on July 24.

On the price rise, the meeting felt both UPA and State Government have failed to hold the price line. Instead of calling all the Chief Ministers to discuss the issue, the Prime Minister invited only the Congress Chief Ministers. It was strange that after attending the meeting, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy had put the blame on the hike in fuel prices.

Privatisation

They said, in the name of reforms, both Central and State Governments were either closing down or privatising public sector units. They charged the Centre with making a desperate attempt to water down the Right to Information Act through various amendments after claiming credit for its passage.

As for the Office of Profit bill, they said the party would oppose the effort to give it a retrospective effect. Accusing the State Government of failing to get Vidarbha-like package from Centre, Mr. Reddy said farmers have continued to commit suicide despite tall claims of doing a lot for the farm sector.