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Roll back power tariff hike first, says Telugu Desam Party

Staff Reporter

Ensure uninterrupted, quality power supply, Government urged


  • Recalls the promise made by Congress during agitation
  • Demands white paper on irrigation projects
  • Derides Government's claim on transparency
  • Faults Government on Volkswagen deal

    HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam Legislature Party (TDLP) has demanded that the Government roll back power tariff before holding memorial meetings like the one organised here on Sunday by the Congress and Left parties.

    At a press conference here, TDLP members -- N. Janardhan Reddy and Babu Ramesh -- recalled that when the Chief Minister, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, was in the Opposition he had promised to reduce electricity charges if the Congress was elected to power.

    They referred to the unveiling of the pylon built by the Government in memory of three persons killed in police firing during the agitation against power tariff hike, on August 28, 2000.

    `Keep promise'

    The Telugu Desam Party MLAs demanded that the Government bring down the tariff, as Dr. Reddy promised, and to ensure at least nine hours of uninterrupted, quality power, as done by the TDP regime.

    Repeats demand

    At another press conference, party MP, R. Chandrasekhar Reddy, and general secretary, K.Srihari, reiterated the TDP demand to place before the Speaker all files on to the irrigation projects.

    The leaders wanted the Government to release a white paper on payments made to contractors as mobilisation advances and other details.

    The TDP leaders pooh-poohed the ruling party's claim of running a transparent Government and said examples like that of the irrigation projects, only exposed the lack of transparency.

    Mr. Chandrasekhar Reddy recalled that when he and four MLAs had written to the Principal Secretary, Industries, asking for details of the controversial Volkswagen deal, it had taken officials over a week to reply.

    The reply had said it was not possible for the Government to give them details and whatever information could be made public was on the website.

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