Hyderabad: Slamming the opposition parties for their remarks against construction of the new integrated secretariat complex, Ministers and elected representatives from the ruling TRS emphasised the need to replace the decades-old dilapidated structures with brand new buildings.
In separate statements, Ministers T Harish Rao, G Jagadish Reddy and Talasani Srinivas Yadav along with other leaders pointed out that the new secretariat complex was essential for administrative convenience. They stated that both the Congress and the BJP leaders had failed to raise people’s issues and instead, were trying to play cheap politics for political mileage. They said the TRS government was implementing all its electoral promises including construction of the new secretariat complex in a phased manner.
In response to TPCC president N Uttam Kumar Reddy’s demand for implementing Section 8 of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act giving control over certain buildings and affairs in Hyderabad to the Governor, Finance Minister T Harish Rao wondered if the Congress leaders wanted the Andhra rulers to dominate the affairs in Telangana even six years after the State formation. He pointed out that with the Andhra Pradesh government voluntarily handing over the old Secretariat buildings, the Section 8 remains invalid.
Speaking to mediapersons at the TRS headquarters in Telangana Bhavan, Minister Jagadish Reddy said the Congress leaders were behaving foolishly and showcasing their lack of wisdom by demanding implementation of Section 8 of the AP Reorganisation Act. He said with two separate Governors getting appointed for each State, there was no validity for Section 8.
He pointed out that the State was setting an example for others to emulate through its novel welfare and development schemes, but the opposition leaders were fixated to criticise the government for no reasons.
Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav stated that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the State government did not stop implementation of its welfare activities. He wondered when the opposition parties do not have objections to implementation of welfare activities, why were they opposing construction of the new secretariat. He slammed the BJP State leaders for their double standards and pointed out that the BJP government at the Centre was planning to construct a new Parliament building.
He demanded to know why the double standards over construction of the new Parliament building by the Centre and the new secretariat complex by the State government.
Rythu Bandhu Samithi chairman and MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy said the new Secretariat buildings were required for administrative convenience and there was no question of backtracking from the electoral promise in this regard. He said the same Opposition parties objected to the Kaleshwaram Lift Irrigation Scheme (KLIS) until recently and now shut themselves up, after it started yielding results winning accolades from farmers.
Nagarkurnool MP P Ramulu said the State government was giving equal importance to the welfare and the development. But the Opposition parties are only interested in criticising the State government as they are keen to make their presence felt in the news, he said.
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