Hyderabad: Excise and Prohibition Minister V Srinivas Goud on Thursday lambasted Congress and BJP leaders in Telangana for politicising the issue of Pothireddypadu and said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was competent to deal with the issue. He reminded Congress that it was the same national party that laid the foundation for the illegal project.
“At that time, Uttam Kumar Reddy (TPCC president), who was then minister, kept quiet and Ponnala Prabhakar (TPCC working president) who was then Irrigation Minister even expressed happiness over the project,” he pointed out, adding that Telangana Congress leaders had even written articles praising the project.
He reminded that it was the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders who quit their posts protesting against the project. “Did any Congress leader even bother about erstwhile Mahabubnagar district when they were enjoying power? Can the BJP bring back all the seven mandals that were merged with AP immediately after bifurcation of the State?” asked Goud.
Highlighting the regional bias of Congress and BJP parties, he said that TPCC and APCC were singing different tunes, with the former opposing it and the latter supporting the project. Similarly, Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay and his AP counterpart were talking different languages altogether, he said, and urged both the parties to stop indulging in politics and write to the Centre against the AP project and seek appointment of the Prime Minister to explain to him the manner in which AP had flouted all the norms.
“Look at Karnataka and Maharashtra where all parties unite when it comes to construction of projects. But the opposition parties in Telangana are playing politics. The opposition must strive to stop AP from going ahead with the proposed project to lift Krishna water from Srisailam, instead of criticising the Chief Minister. The people of the State will teach them a lesson as they are watching every move of the opposition,” Goud said.
Countering the criticism of the opposition parties that Chandrashekhar Rao had colluded with AP and agreed for the expansion of Pothireddypadu, the Minister said Telangana would not have been a reality if the leader ever compromised. “We know how to stop the project. We will initiate steps to stop the construction and we also condemn the statements of leaders from the sibling State,” he said, adding that AP Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy should have consulted Telangana, a stakeholder State, before it started the process. “Jagan should have talked to us. He cheated us,” Goud said.
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