No `match-fixing` deal to suppress Telangana issue: Rosaiah

Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 19:45

Vizianagaram: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K Rosaiah on Monday mocked at the allegation that he and Leader of Opposition N Chandrababu Naidu had entered into a `match-fixing` deal to suppress the Telangana issue from being raised in the State Assembly.
Former Minister and senior Congress leader T Jeevan
Reddy, who had of late been vociferous in demanding a separate
state, alleged that Rosaiah and Chandrababu had entered into a
match-fixing deal to stifle the Telangana voice in the ongoing
Budget session of State Assembly.

Asked to react to allegation of Jeevan Reddy, the
Chief Minister remarked in his trademark witty style:
"Chandrababu is a young man, like my predecessor Y S
Rajasekhara Reddy. I am unlike him. Any match is played
between people of the same age group. I can neither play
matches nor fix them."

Rosaiah, however, lamented that responsible leaders in
the party were levelling such allegations on issues that ought
to be discussed "within the four walls." "Our party high
command will take care of such people," he said.

Rosaiah was in Vizianagaram on Monday as part of his
two-day official trip to north-coastal Andhra to initiate
various development works.

Replying to a question, the Chief Minister said there
was no timeline for the long-overdue Cabinet expansion.

Similarly, there was no timeline for filling up nominated
posts. "All this will be done according to the need," he
added.

Rosaiah said the nine-hour free power supply promise
to the agriculture sector would be implemented in a phased
manner. "We are implementing all the promises that we made in
our election manifesto. Similarly, we will implement the free
power one as well," he assured.

Rosaiah said he has invited his Orissa counterpart
Navin Patnaik for talks to settle the inter-state border
dispute on Jhanjhavati river water.

Stating that he had been facing one crisis after the
other since ascending the Chief Minister?s throne, Rosaiah
said he was now focusing on the administration.

"I have been holding review meetings to discuss
development issues related to each district. We are stepping
up the development process," Rosaiah added.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 19:45

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