Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister K
Rosaiah today rebutted his Maharashtra counterpart Ashok
Chavan`s claim that the AP government was not serious in
resolving the Babhli irrigation project row, saying it wanted
an "amicable and just solution".
"May be Chavan`s memory is short. It is not proper for
him to say that we are not doing anything on the Babhli issue.
We are doing everything in a democratic way to resolve the
dispute with Maharashtra," Rosaiah told reporters at the
Maintaining that the AP government doesn`t have any
"personal grudge" against Maharashtra, the chief minister
asserted that protecting "our state`s interests" over sharing
of river waters was their only priority.
"We want an amicable and just solution to the imbroglio.
I believe in a negotiated settlement," he added.
The chief minister said the proposed all-party meeting
with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Babhli issue has
been rescheduled to July 26 from July 23.
"We have invited all political parties in the state to
send one representative each for the meeting with the prime
minister. If TDP wants a larger delegation, let it meet the
prime minister separately," Rosaiah said.
Ministers Dharmana Prasada Rao, Aanam Ramanarayana Reddy,
Botsa Satyanarayana, Ponnala Lakshmaiah and Pitani
Satyanarayana were present on the occasion.