Hyderabad: With the Centre asserting that it would not purchase parboiled rice and refusing to clarify the quantity of rice it would procure for Yasangi season from Telangana, the TRS appears to have decided to mount pressure on the Union government by joining hands with the Opposition parties. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao chaired a meeting with TRS MPs at Pragathi Bhavan on Saturday to decide the next move.
Sources said the Chief Minister appreciated the TRS MPs for their relentless agitation inside and outside the Parliament in Delhi to get clarity from the Centre on paddy procurement. They disrupted the Parliamentary proceedings in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha by raising slogans and displaying placards on the issues of the State, for five days since the commencement of the Parliament session on November 29.
It is now learnt that the MPs will gather the support of other Opposition parties to pressurise the Centre to address the concerns of farmers in Telangana State. If required, they would also join the agitation programmes related to farmers and contentious farm laws organised by the Opposition parties. Several Opposition parties including TMC, BJD, DMK, SP, BSP and Congress extended their support to the protests by the TRS MPs and together mounted pressure on the Centre to give clarity on paddy procurement. The Chief Minister is also learnt to have advised the MPs to raise other issues pertaining to the State in both the Houses in various formats including adjournment motions, Question Hour, Zero Hour and discussions among others.
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