Andhra Pradesh to challenge Krishna Tribunal award on Mar 29

Andhra Pradesh government will file an appeal either in the Supreme Court or before the Krishna River Water Disputes Tribunal on March 29 against the Tribunal`s award over allocation of Krishna water to the state.

Last Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 15:17 PM IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh government will
file an appeal either in the Supreme Court or before the
Krishna River Water Disputes Tribunal on March 29 against the
Tribunal`s award over allocation of Krishna water to the
state.

The government will convene an all-party meeting here on
March 22 to discuss the state`s strategy to contest the
Justice Brijesh Kumar Tribunal`s award that is totally
detrimental to AP`s interests.
The government is engaging senior Supreme Court lawyers
Parasaran and Harish Salve to fight the state`s case against
the award, according to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Reacting to the issue raised by principal opposition
Telugu Desam Party in the state Assembly today, the CM said
the government would take all steps to protect the state`s
interests over its rightful share of Krishna water.

"Our government representatives are discussing the case
and the legal aspects with Parasaran and Salve in New Delhi.
Based on their feedback we shall file the appeal," the Chief
Minister said.
Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu held the
Congress government responsible for failing to argue the
state`s case before the Tribunal.

He said justice would not be done to the state unless the
government brought pressure on both the Central government and
the Tribunal to give AP its rightful share of Krishna water.

"This is a very serious issue but the Congress seems
unperturbed. It will not be unhappy even if it mortgages the
state," he charged.

Major Irrigation Minister P Sudarshan Reddy said the
Chief Minister would hold an all-party meeting on the 22nd to
discuss the issue in details and the steps to be taken while
filing an appeal.

PTI