ANDHRA PRADESH

State Government is all for strengthening of local bodies: YSR

Keeping in view the prevailing situation, Chief Minister stresses on the need for cooperation between Congress, Left parties

Staff Reporter

KURNOOL: The Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, has reiterated his Government's commitment to devolution of powers to local bodies. Talking to reporters here on Monday before leaving for Hyderabad, Dr. Reddy said the Cabinet sub-committee was looking into it and work was in final stages.

He said the Congress had promised to share power with local bodies on the eve of the Assembly election.

Replying to a question, Dr. Reddy stressed the need for cooperation between the Congress and the Left parties keeping in view the peculiar situation prevailing in the country.

It was historical need that the two political groups worked together to check communal forces, he said.

Maoists' ultimatum

Dr. Reddy condemned the `ultimatum' served by the CPI(Maoist) on the Telangana Rastra Samithi (TRS) Ministers, saying that violence had no place in democracy. On the categorisation raised by the MRPS, he said the Government had decided to send an all-party team to New Delhi on categorisation of the Scheduled Castes, but the procedure took time. Setting deadline on such matters was not acceptable, he added.

Dr. Reddy told a delegation of Muslims that the Government was examining the `Muslim quota' issue to avoid any legal pitfalls in future. He said the bill could be re-enacted by July to enable the educational institutions follow the revised communal roaster during this academic year.

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