Opposition parties criticise AP govt over Telangana issue
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 19:30
Hyderabad: Opposition parties like Telugu Desam, TRS, CPI and others on Tuesday criticised the Andhra Pradesh government in the legislative council over the Telangana and other issues even as the ruling Congress members defended the government.

Hitting out at the Congress, CPI MLC P Nageswara Rao alleged that the ruling party had fought the 2004 elections with a party(TRS) that is born to fight for separate Telangana but is now dilly-dallying on the issue.

"Have (UPA government) they at least said we are at it?," he asked, speaking on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address to the joint sitting of the legislature.

Pointing out that differences have grown among people on regional lines, he said the Centre should take a decision on the issue without delay.

Alleging that the verdict of the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal caused great loss to the state, he said the government should take effective measures to protect the state's interests.

TRS member N Lakshmana Rao said Telangana people are now fighting for self-respect and self-rule.

However, Congress and TDP members took exception to certain comments made by Lakshmana Rao quoting Jawaharlal Nehru.

Maintaining that Nehru favoured dividing Andhra Pradesh as and when Telangana or non-Telangana regions wanted, he quoted a speech reportedly made by Nehru.


First Published: Tuesday, February 22, 2011, 19:30

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