Chest hospital shifting might reach PM’s door step

HYDERABAD: Will the central government intervene to resolve the raging controversy surrounding Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s move to shift the Chest Hospital from Erragadda to relocate the State Secretariat there?

This question attained importance in the wake of the issue snowballing into a major political storm with all the Opposition parties virtually launching a war against the TRS Government and vowing to fight till  finish to stall shifting of the Chest Hospital.

Apart from organizing protest rallies and dharnas to condemn the shifting of the hospital to relocate the Secretariat in the name of “vaastu”, the political parties have taken the issue to the door steps of Raj Bhavan for the intervention of Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in the matter.

The latest to knock the doors of the Governor were leaders of as many as 10 Left parties who submitted a memorandum today condemning the move of KCR as “unconstitutional” and “anti-secular”. They appealed to the Governor to use his good offices to stall the move to shift the Chest Hospital.

AP Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is likely to take up the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to New Delhi. He has already expressed his ire over the “unilateral” decision of his Telangana counterpart in planning to relocate the Secretariat to Erragadda and building skyscrapers in the present premises.

Chandrababu Naidu was aghast over KCR’s move despite the fact that the AP Secretariat was also housed in the present premises and also that Hyderabad would be a joint capital of both the states for 10 years. TDP leaders were hopeful that the PM was likely to seek information about on the matter from the Governor who would also be in the national capital. (NSS)

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