BJP leader M. Venkaiah Naidu has asked Congress leaders to sink differences on the Polavaram project and see to that it got national status at the earliest. He also asked UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to clear her stand on Rs.17,000-crore project.

The BJP is ready to work with any party for getting national status to the project.

Addressing the BJP's State conference on “Polavaram Project” in Rajahmundry on Saturday, which was attended by a large number of representatives from Andhra, Rayalaseema regions and also leaders from respective regions, Mr. Naidu said the project was not a matter of politics as it affected the food security of the country. “The future generations will not forgive you, if you create hurdles,” he warned.

He said it was not proper to make comments and give misleading statements on the design of the project after all clearances, including CWC, were accorded to it. He said the Polavaram project would benefit all regions of the State.

Not serious

Party State president G. Kishan Reddy said the State government was not serious about pressuring Centre as it was afraid of regional feelings.

The BJP would mobilise public opinion in favour of the project, he added.

National Executive member K. Haribabu called the opponents of the project “traitors.''

S. Nageswara Rao, retired Executive Engineer of the Polavaram project, explained its salient features. He made it clear that the project would not pose any threat to the environment.

Former BJP president Chilakam Ramachandra Reddy, Santha Reddy, Battina Narasimha Rao, Madhav, Suresh Reddy and others spoke on this occasion. Somu Veerraju presided over the meeting.