Hyderabad: Chennur MLA Balka Suman on Sunday slammed the opposition parties for failing to question the Centre over the non-allocation of funds to Telangana in the Union Budget.
He said rather than focusing on the injustice meted out to the State by the Centre, the parties were busy criticising the State government for the construction of new Assembly and Secretariat complexes, which are aimed at meeting future needs.
Suman said except for TRS, none of the opposition parties questioned the injustice meted out to the State in the Union Budget. He alleged that while Congress MPs did not raise the issue in Parliament, the BJP MPs did not even bring it up with their party president and Union Home Minister Amit Shah during his visit to Hyderabad. He said change was inevitable and the opposition parties must learn to accept and adopt the same.
“The opposition parties failed to play their role in the State as well as at the Centre — to address people’s problems. Instead, they are busy organising roundtable meetings to make an issue out of the construction of new Assembly and Secretariat buildings, without having proper understanding of the issue,” the Chennur MLA said.
He termed the reports of demolishing the existing Assembly buildings as false propaganda by the Opposition for political mileage and said the buildings were a heritage property of the State, which would be protected. Balka Suman said both Congress and BJP were adopting double standards with regard to the construction of the new buildings for the Assembly and the Secretariat.
He said the then Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan proposed for a new Parliament building in the existing location and the then Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi supported her. He alleged that the BJP government in Gujarat spent Rs 130 crore for modernisation of its Assembly buildings. MLC Yegge Mallesham was also present.