ANDHRA PRADESH

TRS campaign irks Congress MLAs

GUNTUR, AUG. 1. Congress MLAs from Guntur district have criticised the statement made by Telangana Rashtra Samiti leaders -- K. Chandrasekhara Rao and Narendra -- on creation of separate Telangana State even without the consent of the Assembly.

At a press conference here on Sunday, the Duggirala MLA, Gade Venkata Reddy, said: "as per the Article 3 of the Constitution, a majority of members of the Assembly have to ratify the carving out of a separate State and that has to be ratified by the President. This will happen only after the recommendation of the second States' Reorganisation Commission on smaller states."

He criticised the TRS leaders for making a false propaganda on the formation of new State.

The former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Digvijay Singh, would participate in the `Rajiv palle bata' programme in the district. During his visit, Congress MLAs from the district would talk to him on the issue, he said.

Meet on August 10

The like-minded MLAs would meet in Hyderabad on August 10 to discuss the issue of countering the `false propaganda' on the formation of new States, he said.

The remarks of some leaders of Rayalaseema and Telangana that the Krishna western delta had no right over the water from the Nagarjunasagar project were irresponsible, he said and pointed out that the 150-year-old delta had a right over 23.2 tmc water in the NSP to cater to the 1.5-lakh acre ayacut.

Membership

Against a target of enrolling three lakh members in the district, the party was sure of enrolling at least two lakhs, he said. The new membership would be for three years and the party was trying to ensure all the Congress leaders, who hold some position or other, either in the public or in the organisation, renewed their membership.

The PCC in-charge of membership drive, the Tenali MLA, Nadendla Manohar, said that 68 lakh membership books had been distributed state-wide and of them at least 50 lakhs would renew their membership.

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