Ananthapur, Kurnool left in the lurch: JC

Hyderabad:A�In what is seen as a startling revelation, Telugu Desam MP JC Diwakar Reddy has poured out his heart, sayingA�A� that it would have been better if the Rayalaseema districts of Ananthapur andA�KurnoolA�were merged into Telangana State during bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Diwakar Reddy who represents Ananthapur visited theA�Telangana Assembly hereA�on WednesdayA�and expressed his dismay at the loss being suffered by the two districtsA�in irrigation sector.

He interacted with Finance Minister E Rajender for some time and spoke on the issue. Rajender in turn asked him whether the two districts are getting waters from Srisailam project. To this, Diwakar Reddy said that ifA� the two districts were included in Telangana, he would have asked Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao to give themA� water for irrigation, andA� would haveA� questionedA� KCR whether theyA� did not belong to Telangana.

Diwakar Reddy deplored that bifurcation of the State has left the in the lurch. He said that theA�two districts have adversely suffered due toA�bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. Development of the districts is relying on the mercy of chief ministers,A�he bemoaned. Diwakar Reddy also met his former colleague and opposition leader K Jana Reddy and sharedA�similar views. a��NSS

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