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Water-sharing: TDP seeks comprehensive policy

Staff Reporter

`It is to resolve disputes between neighbouring States'


  • Sharing of water a major dispute, says Kadiam Srihari
  • Mysoora alleges rise in corruption
  • Yerran Naidu speaks about national political scenario



    TILL WE MEET AGAIN: TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu waving to the crowd after the concluding session of Mahanadu in Rajahmundry on Monday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

    Rajahmundry: The Telugu Desam Party has demanded a comprehensive water policy on the concluding day of Mahanadu to resolve disputes between neighbouring States and safeguarding State's rights on Krishna, Godavari and Vamsadhara.

    In a resolution on `State irrigation policy without clarity' introduced by former Minister and party general secretary Kadiam Srihari here on Monday, he said that sharing of water between the States had become a major dispute. The Congress at the Centre and State did not have any specific policy on the issue. He said that the State was going to lose its right on Krishna, Godavari and Vamsadhara waters in the near future with its wrong policies. He alleged that the State Government had utterly failed in putting its argument straight in front of the Krishna Water Tribunal.

    Srihari also demanded that the Government take initiative in resolving disputes with Maharashtra, Karnataka and Orissa. Former Minister Tummala Nageswararao supported the resolution.

    Parliament member M.V. Mysoora Reddy, while supporting the resolution on corruption introduced by Nagam Janardhana Reddy on Sunday night, said that issues ranging from irrigation projects to land mafias had led to rise in corruption in the Government's two-year rule. He said that the Government had issued 1,200 GOs in a single month in November last for land acquisition which had gone into the hands of landlords and big industrialists.

    Law and order

    On law and order, former DIG Ravulapati Seetharama Rao said that the Government lost control over the police and also on the jail staff. He alleged that jails had become guesthouses for criminals.

    The Mahanadu also adopted resolutions on finance introduced by Yanamala Ramakrishnudu who said that the per capita debt would go up in Congress rule with agricultural growth falling drastically. He also mentioned the Government had failed to attract FDI, which was Rs. 5,000 crores during the TDP regime.

    Role in national politics

    Telugu Desam would continue to make relentless efforts in bringing like-minded parties together to form a national alternative to Congress and BJP. This was made clear by party president N. Chandrababu Naidu while winding up the discussion on the resolutions.

    TDP Parliamentary party leader Kinjarapu Yerram Naidu introduced the resolution which was seconded by Polit Bureau member T. Devender Goud.

    Mr. Yerran Naidu spoke about the national political scenario and said the Congress party had been reduced to the status of a regional party as proved by its performance in the recent Assembly elections in five States. It had to depend on its allies to form Governments. "TDP will continue to play an important role in national politics," he said.

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