TDP leader Payyavula Keshav says this is the right time for the State governmentto act as verdict is pending in the Mullaperiyar dam case

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has asked the State government to approach the Supreme Court against the move to create separate Telangana as this was the right time to do so in view of the judgement pending in the case of Mullaperiyar dam which went into the depths of formation of new States as per Articles 3 and 4.

A five-judge Constitutional Bench of the apex court which heard the case on August 23 last, was likely to deliver the judgement any day on the interpretation of Constitution, particularly Articles 3 and 4, TDP MLA Payyavula Keshav told a press conference here on Monday.

He asked the Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to explore the possibility of filing a case against the Centre citing how it took over State subjects. An instance of it could be found in giving the Governor access to extraordinary powers.

The government could also raise issues of development in the integrated State, valuation of assets, economic viability of bifurcation and payment of compensation in the event of division.

The issues will automatically raise larger questions involving Articles 3 and 4.

Mr. Reddy would justify his opposition to bifurcation by moving the Supreme Court, he added.

TDP poser to TRS

At a separate press conference, another TDP MLA A. Revanth Reddy asked TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao to merge the latter’s party in Congress as there was no possibility of separate Telangana without that. It will also erase the general impression that Mr. Rao was not interested in formation of the new State.

The possibility of merger was confirmed by Mr. Rao himself and AICC general secretary in-charge of the State Digvijay Singh after the Congress Working Committee passed a resolution favouring separate Telangana.

Mr. Reddy sought to play down the exit of Jukkal MLA Hanumanthu Shinde from TDP saying the latter will regret later.

  • ‘Supreme Court is likely to deliver the judgement any day on the interpretation of Constitution’

  • ‘He can explore possibility of filing case against Centre citing how it took over State subjects’