Opposition walkout over IIT site row

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BASAR ECHO: CPI(M) leaders led by floor leader Nomula Narasimhaiah staging a walkout from the Assembly in Hyderabad on Wednesday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
BASAR ECHO: CPI(M) leaders led by floor leader Nomula Narasimhaiah staging a walkout from the Assembly in Hyderabad on Wednesday. - Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

Special Correspondent

Protests against Government's decision to go ahead with IIT at Medak instead of Basar

HYDERABAD: Almost the entire Opposition staged a walkout in the Assembly on Wednesday resenting the decision of the State Government to set up the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Medak district.

The decision undermined the sanctity of the House that had unanimously adopted a resolution in 2002 to establish the premier engineering institute at Basar in Adilabad district, Leader of the Opposition N. Chandrababu Naidu said while leading the walkout by TDP members during question hour.

Naidu's charge

Mr. Naidu charged the Congress with backtracking on the Assembly resolution which it had not only supported but got modified with a rider that, if need be, the IIT commence its academic activities from Basar in July the same year. He wondered whether the experts' committee set up to identity the location of the institute was above the Assembly.

He demanded that the House pass one more resolution seeking the IIT at Basar but there was no response from the Government.

TDP deputy leader T. Devender Goud said the committee was not expected to suggest a centre different from Basar as Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy had announced Medak as the choice in the Republic Day speech.

TRS floor leader G. Vijayarama Rao, who led the walkout by his party, said the controversy was a conspiracy to take IIT out of Telangana. CPI(M) floor leader Nomula Narasimhaiah criticised the Government for remaining adamant and not honouring the Assembly resolution.

CPI leader Chada Venkat Reddy said the Government was depending heavily on the committee. BJP MLA G. Kishan Reddy said the country had a time-tested tradition of developing backward areas. Basar could also get developed if it got IIT. Majlis member Pasha Quadri said the decision was a dishonour to the resolution.

`No decision yet'

Janata Party MLA P. Sashidhar Reddy, who hails from Medak, walked out asserting that the district was the best place for IIT. However, Higher Education Minister Pinnamaneni Venkateswara Rao denied any decision was taken on the issue yet.

The site would be selected on the recommendation of the committee that was studying feasibility from all aspects, including road, rail and air connectivity, he added.

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