Rosaiah holds all-party meet on Babhli issue
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Last Updated: Sunday, August 01, 2010, 22:15
Hyderabad: Ahead of the meeting convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh between Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra on the contentious Babhli issue, Chief Minister K Rosaiah held an all-party meeting here Sunday.

Telugu Desam and other opposition parties asked the state government to be tough on the issue and put forward the state's case effectively at the tomorrow's meeting to protect people's interests.

"The state's arguments cannot be weak. We told the state government to put forward our case effectively. There cannot be any compromise on this. Babhli is an illegal project and ours is a justified demand," TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu told reporters after the meeting.

"The Babhli project is illegal because it is located in the project area of another project. They violated the orders of Central Water Commission, Central government and even Supreme Court. The gates of Babhli project should be removed and they should not use water from the project. Otherwise, the project would turn several districts of Telangana into a desert," he said.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi should not stay aloof from the issue as the party is in power at the Centre and also both in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra, Naidu said.

Appreciating the Prime Minister's decision to convene the meeting, senior Praja Rajyam leader K Vidyadhara Rao favoured setting up a regulatory body for such inter-state water issues.


First Published: Sunday, August 01, 2010, 22:15

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