ANDHRA PRADESH

BJP flays walkout by TDP, TRS

`All-party meet did not serve its purpose'

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has faulted the Telugu Desam and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi for walking out of yesterday's all-party meet which was meant to put forth respective party's stand on the Pothyreddypadu head regulator and not make demands.

Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, BJP State president N. Indrasena Reddy, vice-president S.V. Seshagiri Rao and secretary N.V.S.S. Prabhakar said that walking out was not a good method. "All along, they have been demanding that an all-party meet be held," they added.

`Modify GO 233'

The BJP leaders, however, said that the meeting had not served its purpose as no debate had taken place on the issues raised by them.

They wanted the Government to modify GO 233 to incorporate safeguards with respect to first use of the waters as fears continued to remain among farmers of Nagarjunasagar ayacut and Krishna delta.

Simultaneous works

They criticised the Government for enhancing the capacity for drawal of 44,000 cusecs without allaying the fears among farmers.

The BJP leaders demanded that 100 tmc Godavari waters be diverted to the Krishna basin for supplying through Pothyreddypadu and wanted that both the works be taken up simultaneously.

On Polavaram, they said that the Government should implement the same rehabilitation package for non-tribals which was being proposed for tribals.

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