Heated exchange between Rosaiah, Naidu over `illegal` dams
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 18:31
Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh Assembly Tuesday witnessed a heated exchange between Chief Minister K Rosaiah and Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu over "illegal" projects being constructed by Maharashtra and Karnataka governments on Godavari and Krishna rivers.

Naidu demanded that Rosaiah should step down from the chief minister's post if he could not stop the illegal irrigation projects at once. Irked by Chandrababu’s demand, Rosaiah thundered: "Have you ever resigned from the post for all the failures during your tenure as chief minister?"

The exchange took place during a short-duration discussion on illegal irrigation projects in the Assembly. Naidu intervened when some Congress members sought to push the blame on to the TDP government for turning a blind eye when Karnataka constructed the Almatti project on river Krishna.

He, along with other TDP member Tummala Nageswara Rao, listed the steps his then government had taken to get the height of Almatti dam restricted to 519 meters.

"But now Karnataka has clandestinely increased the dam height to 524 metres as the Congress government was caught in a deep slumber. Similarly, the Maharashtra also went ahead with the construction of Babli and 13 other irrigation dams illegally on river Godavari. In both cases, the AP government did nothing to protect state’s interests," Naidu lashed out.

Naidu demanded that the chief minister should either get the illegal projects stopped immediately or step down in case of failure. This provoked Rosaiah to raise to his feet and take exception to Naidu’s remarks.


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 18:31

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