TDP to move SC on KWDT verdict

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Party to demand scrapping of the tribunal and constitution of another one

For justice:TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu on the way to the maha dharna venue downstream Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada on Wednesday.—PHOTO: V. RAJU
For justice:TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu on the way to the maha dharna venue downstream Prakasam barrage in Vijayawada on Wednesday.—PHOTO: V. RAJU

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) will approach the Supreme Court on Brajesh Kumar Tribunal Award on sharing of Krishna waters, as it will spell doom for the State, announced party president N. Chandrababu Naidu here on Wednesday.

The TDP had chalked out a three-pronged strategy to fight against the Tribunal verdict, he said participating in a ‘Maha Dharna’ organised by the party to protest against the Award. Addressing party workers and farmers from Guntur and Krishna districts on Krishna riverbed during the five-hour programme, he said a case would be filed in the apex court within a week, and efforts made to see that the verdict was not published in the Gazette.

The third aspect, he said, would be to mount pressure on the government to constitute another tribunal by scrapping the Brajesh Kumar Tribunal, he said. The TDP president said that the verdict lacked clarity and did not follow principles of natural justice. Internationally accepted riparian rights were not honoured as the data that spanned 112 years was not considered, the dependability was brought down to 65 per cent and there was no scientific mechanism for sharing of waters.

Grave injustice was done to Andhra Pradesh, a lower riparian State, with the Tribunal’s verdict that deprived 35 lakh acres of water.

It also turns large parts of the State into a desert, he alleged.

Keeping in view these implications, the Centre should constitute a new tribunal, Mr. Naidu explained. Deploring the lack of consensus and coordination among the political parties in the State compared to Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, Mr. Naidu stressed on the need for a united voice against the judgment. He wanted Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to convene an all-party meeting immediately to discuss the issue.

To seek farmers’ support

Referring to party programmes, Mr. Naidu said that awareness programmes and agitations would be taken up to garner public support, particularly from the farmers. The party’s State and district units would be sent to all projects to educate people in that area on the implications of the verdict, the expenditure incurred on that project, etc.

Mylavaram MLA and TDP Krishna district president Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Guntur District president Prathipati Pulla Rao, Machilipatnam MP Konakalla Narayana Rao, senior leaders Kodela Siva Prasada Rao, Nannapaneni Rajakumari and others spoke.

  • The verdict deprives 35 lakh acres in A.P., a lower riparian State, of water

  • TDP chief asks Chief Minister to convene an all-party meeting on the issue

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