Telangana people have strong objection to TDP in poll fray, says Harish Rao
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leader T. Harish Rao has said that Telangana people have strong objection to Telugu Desam Party (TDP), which is in power in Andhra Pradesh, entering the electoral fray in the State as it (TDP) is working against the interests of Telangana.
In an open letter addressed to AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu, who is also the president of TDP, Mr. Harish Rao said although every political party had right to contest elections anywhere in the country, the intentions of TDP for Telangana were harmful as is evident from the fact that Mr. Naidu in his capacity as Chief Minister of AP had written several letters to Union Water Resources Ministry and the Krishna, Godavari river boards against several irrigation projects in Telangana.
“Any political party contests elections with a development and welfare agenda, but the TDP’s intentions are against the interests of the Telangana and the party wants to have say in working against State’s interests by winning a few seats in alliance with Congress and a few other parties”, Mr. Harish Rao, who is also the caretaker Minister for Irrigation, explained.
Mr. Naidu’s adoption of erstwhile Mahabubnagar district in combined AP and the TDP’s pre-poll promise of taking up construction of Palamuru-Rangareddy lift irrigation project intended to benefit the upland areas of Mahabubnagar, Rangareddy and Nalgonda districts proving to be wrong as he had written letters to the Centre against the interests of Mahabubnagar and people of other districts in Telangana after the State was bifurcated in 2014, Mr. Harish Rao pointed out.
In support of Mr. Naidu and the TDP government in AP working against the interests of Telangana, the TRS leader has posed 19 questions to the former through the open letter and sought to know whether the TDP leaders of Telangana could make their party president withdraw letters written against Telangana projects. He also asked the Congress how it could ally with a party that had been brazenly harming the interests of Telangana, particularly in case of irrigation projects including Kalwakurthy, Palamuru-Rangareddy, Kaleshwaram, Dindi, Tummilla, Bhakta Ramadasu, Sitarama and others.
Mr. Harish Rao also pointed out how Mr. Naidu had harmed the interests of Telangana by denying power in the ratio recommended by AP Reorganisation Act immediately after bifurcation, how Lower Sileru hydel project was transferred to AP along with seven mandals of Khammam district and how AP’s refusal to power and other departments’ employees were not allowed to join duties there causing a financial burden of about ₹1,000 crore annually to Telangana.
He alleged that refusal of handing over buildings vacated by AP’s offices here including in the Secretariat and seeking share in the assets belonging to pre-AP times as height of their bankruptcy.