ANDHRA PRADESH

TDP MLA irks Rosaiah

Special Correspondent

Spat over Telangana issue

HYDERABAD: In contrast to the smooth sailing in the three district review meetings he presided over so far, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K. Rosaiah was witness to a spat over the Telangana issue at a meeting with the elected representatives of Nalgonda on Monday.

At the outset, Mr. Rosaiah made it clear that the purpose of the meeting was to review scores of welfare and development programmes and indirectly referred to the Telangana agitation by stating that there was no solution for it at the State level. Even as he was speaking, TDP MLA M. Narasimhulu interrupted him by raising the Telangana issue. A visibly irked Mr. Rosaiah quipped that the MLA should first hear him about the purpose and agenda of the review meeting. But Mr. Narasimhulu continued with the issue and said that he wanted to highlight the fact that 200 students died so far and Mr. Rosaiah should take the lead in keeping people of both the regions happy, At this juncture, IT Minister Komatireddy Venkat Reddy retorted that if only their party president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, had cooperated, there would not have been any problem.

Welfare programmes

Mr. Rosaiah said: “While priority should have been given to implementation of government programmes, we are wasting time and energy over an issue which could only be resolved at national level. Only when legislators focussed on implementation of welfare programmes, could they make officials work more efficiently.”

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