ANDHRA PRADESH

Congress leaders claim greater commitment to Telangana

CLEARING THE AIR: A group of Ministers in the Cabinet, led by Mohammed Ali Sabbir, addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

CLEARING THE AIR: A group of Ministers in the Cabinet, led by Mohammed Ali Sabbir, addressing a press conference in Hyderabad on Tuesday.  

TRS asked to prove at least one allegation against the Chief Minister

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: Congress Ministers and MLAs belonging to Telangana region have ridiculed the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) claim that its Ministers have quit because of the neglect of Telangana.

Talking to reporters here on Tuesday, they challenged them to prove "at least one allegation against the Government or the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy."

The TRS Ministers were neither discriminated nor their needs neglected.

Real development was taking place only now, they said questioning the contribution of the Union Ministers belonging to the TRS for the development of the region.

Major irrigation plan

The region was not only earmarked the highest budgetary allocation, but also enjoyed a massive irrigation development plan. The TRS' claim on Pulichintala was also false since limestone deposits would not be affected due to the submergence. Also, no family or individual displaced earlier by the construction of Nagarjunasagar was facing eviction a second time now due to Pulichintala. The ayacut to be added in Telangana due to the new projects would be 36 lakh acres, higher than Rayalaseema (16 lakh acres) and Andhra (26.25 lakh acres) regions.

As for releasing water to Krishna delta from Nagarjunasagar, there could be no dispute on this count as the delta enjoyed the `first right' on the waters because of the Krishna Waters Dispute Tribunal Award. The delta had to be protected by early release of water as it was cyclone prone by September.

People with Congress

Asking the TRS leaders not to link sentiment with technicalities as far as projects were concerned, they said Telangana Congress leaders were no less dedicated to the Telangana cause. Moreover, people of the region had more faith in the Congress and in its promise of considering separate Statehood, they argued.

PJR urges restraint

Ministers P. Lakshmaiah, Mohd.Shabbir Ali, Md. Fareeduddin, Redya Naik, J.Geeta Reddy, Sabitha Indra Reddy and G. Vinod and MLAs, Suneeta Laxma Reddy, Sudarshan Reddy, Malreddy Ranga Reddy and Narsi Reddy and G. Prakasa Rao, Chairman of the Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC). Later, the Khairatabad MLA, P. Janardhan Reddy, advised restraint on part of both the TRS and the Congress as "the high command of the party was looking into the issue of resignations of the TRS Ministers."

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