Congress challenges Chandrababu’s claims on Polavaram project

Dara Gopi

Amaravati: Senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in Legislative Council, C Ramachandraiah, pooh-poohed the claims of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on the prestigious Polavaram project.

In a letter, Ramachandraiah wanted to know when did Chandrababu Naidu had the dream of Polavaram. He said that the Congress government headed by late T Anjaiah had laid the foundation stone for the project in 1983, while the Congress government headed by late Dr Y S Rajasekhar Reddy had started the work after 2004. In between Chandrababu Naidu was in power from 1995 to 2004, while NTR was in power earlier, he said. He further added that neither NTR nor Chandrababu Naidu did anything to start the project work. He said that Naidu did not even make a single attempt to get Central government clearances for the project during his two terms from 1995 to 2004. All the clearances were secured by the Congress government after 2004, Ramachandraiah recalled.

Referring to Chandrababu Naidu’s claims of making Polavaram a national project, the Congress leader ridiculed the claim. He said that the project was made national project in the AP Reorganisation Act 2013, which was drafted by the then Congress-led UPA government.

He said that the project was estimated to cost Rs 32,000 crores while the BJP-led NDA government had only promised Rs 16,000 crores. He wondered how Chandrababu Naidu wanted to realize his dream of Polavaram with just the small allocation. He discounted the campaign launched by the Chandrababu Naidu government in the national media making tall claims on Polavaram.

Ramachandraiah said that the Congress had already invited the TDP to come for open debate on Polavaram project. He asked the TDP leaders to fix the date, time and venue for the open debate to prove whose dream was the project and whose government had secured the clearances and started the work. He also said that the Congress would prove whether the role of Chandrababu Naidu was there in making Polavaram a national project.

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