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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday assured a delegation of all-party leaders of Andhra Pradesh led by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah that he would consider convening a meeting of the Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra to amicably resolve the Babli project row.
While Mr. Rosaiah told journalists that Dr. Singh promised to hold discussions with his officials first and try to find a solution, actor-politician and Praja Rajyam president K. Chiranjeevi, who was part of the delegation, said the Prime Minister gave the assurance on the two Chief Minsters' meeting when the delegation made a specific request in this regard.
TDP president and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly N. Chandrababu Naidu however termed Dr. Singh's response as only “lip sympathy” as he had not given any concrete assurance. Dr. Singh had no sincere interest to resolve the problem. “I am unhappy and not satisfied at all with the outcome of the all-party delegation,” Mr. Naidu said. Though the issue had been there since 2004, Dr. Singh failed to try and resolve it, he alleged.
The delegation wanted the Dr. Singh to direct Maharashtra to immediately dismantle all the gates installed across Godavari, Mr. Rosaiah said. He was “satisfied” with the outcome of the meeting.
B. Vinod Kumar (TRS), P. Narsa Reddy (Congress), G. Kishan Reddy (BJP), K. Narayana (CPI), J. Ranga Reddy (CPI-M), Jayaprakash Narayan (LSP) and Syed Ahmed Pasha Quadri (AIMIM) joined the delegation.
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