ANDHRA PRADESH

Minister critical of TDP functioning

NELLORE, MARCH 17. The Minister for Municipal Administration, Koneru Ranga Rao, advised functionaries of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) to behave as a responsible Opposition in the Assembly, without unnecessarily stalling its proceedings.

Addressing a press conference here at the R & B guest house on Thursday evening, he said that he had seen stalwarts like P. Sundaraiah, Ch. Rajeswara Rao, Jaipal Reddy, Venkaiah Naidu and others in the Assembly, who went about their duties in a dignified manner. Unfortunately, TDP leaders in the Assembly were creating impediments, besides displaying placards for each and every thing, thereby causing disruption in the smooth functioning of the Assembly.

Questions stand

He pointed that the way the TDP president, N. Chandrababu Naidu, was functioning in the Assembly made one wonder as to what his party proposed to do in the House. While questioning the Government about the source for irrigation funds, the TDP leaders were pleading that the water resources of Telangana should not be diverted to other areas. About mobilisation of resources, Mr. Ranga Rao claimed that "the banks were in a queue to provide funds."

On municipal elections, Mr. Ranga Rao dismissed the propaganda that the Government was bent on postponing the polls. He pointed that the Government could even conduct the elections six months after the deadline, but it was not interested in it and would conduct the polls within time. There are certain formalities like delimitation of wards, etc. to be followed, he pointed out.

Changes justified

The Minister ruled out rotation and lottery systems in the civic polls. He justified the changes in the free power scheme and questioned whether it was necessary to provide power to corporate farming and those paying income tax. The TDP on the other hand, was magnifying the issue, he alleged.

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