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No word on welfare of Dalits: TDP

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HYDERABAD, JUNE 5. The Telugu Desam Legislature Party (TDLP) has said that the Congress Government has devoted much of its time in the six-day session of the new Assembly to criticising the party.

One the one hand, the Congress incorporated the TDP Government's programmes in the Governor's address and on the other criticised the party, the TDLP deputy leader, Nagam Janardhan Reddy, told reporters on Saturday.

Mr. Reddy said the Government did not refer to the welfare programmes of SCs, STs, BCs and minorities during the discussions. It "enthusiastically announced" implementation of various irrigation projects but did not have clarity on the financial tie-ups. If it wanted to raise money through floating bonds, the Government ought to be aware that there were limitations in doing so. He doubted the sincerity of the Government in doing justice to farmers as it had not even supplied seed to farmers although the sowings for kharif were round the corner. The BJP floor leader, G. Kishan Reddy, said the Opposition getting enough opportunities to raise issues in the last Assembly but it was not the case in the present House. The BJP members were interrupted by the ruling party whenever they spoke. The Congress members were speaking as if they were in Opposition.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) complimented the Government for addressing problems of all key sectors in the short session. The floor leader of the party, G. Vijayarama Rao, and other MLAs said the TRS would monitor Government policies closely. It would press the Government to implement good programmes.

The CPI(M) floor leader, N. Narasimhaiah, said the business of the House was conducted in a far different way from what was seen in the last nine years. The TDP Government used to throttle the voice of Opposition members if they raised farmers' problems. But, the Congress Government had shown that it was farmer-friendly right from day one. The Government responded positively to the demand of the CPI(M) on moratorium on loans of farmers. The TDP members were under the illusion that they continued to be in power, he added.The CPI floor leader, Chada Venkat Reddy, said the session was satisfactory to the party. He advised restraint on the part of the TDP as the new Government was only a few days old.

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