Hyderabad: Terming as an "eyewash" the
meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Chief
Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra to resolve Babhli
irrigation project dispute, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu
today accused the Centre of favouring the upper riparian state
even as the lower one was facing injustice.
"The meet was an eyewash. The issue has come back to
square one now. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah has
mortgaged the interests of our state on the issue only to
protect his job. The Government of India is taking
Maharashtra`s side despite justice being on our side,"
Chandrababu told reporters here.
He wondered why Rosaiah changed his stand on the Babhli
issue when all political parties in the state wanted only a
political solution to the dispute.
"In fact, the Chief Minister himself was also in favour
of a political solution and we all promised to stand by the
state government. But Rosaiah compromised on the issue only to
protect his job," the TDP chief alleged.
He also lashed out at AICC president Sonia Gandhi for
remaining indifferent on the issue.
"The Centre and the two state governments are run by the
Congress . As its chief, can’t she take the initiative and
protect the interests of the lower riparian state when it is
absolutely clear that Maharashtra has been constructing Babhli
and 13 other irrigation projects illegally? When she flies
down frequently for inaugurations in the state, can`t she find
a political solution to the inter-state problem,” Chandrababu