Congress Leaders Complain to Governor against Babu

HYDERABAD: A delegation of senior AP Congress leaders called on Governor ESL Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan on Monday and complained against Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu for misrepresenting and misleading the central government about the seriousness of the draught conditions prevailing in the state.

The delegation led by APCC President N. Raghuveera Reddy comprised of senior leaders like Pallam Raju, Chiranjeevi, BotchaSatyanarayana and others. A memorandum was also submitted to the Governor urging him to take immediate steps to place before the central government the actual facts regarding the draught conditions for granting required financial assistance.

The Congress leaders told the Governor that while 500 Mandals were severely affected by draught conditions, the TDP Government had represented to the Centre that only 234 Mandals were draught hit. Similarly, while 5000 villages were facing acute shortage of drinking water, the Centre was informed that drinking water shortage was only in 2300 villages, the leaders complained.

Expressing concern about people migrating to other places for food and drinking water, the Congress leaders said that from Chittoor and Anathapur districts alone four lakh people had migrated to other places. They also accused the TDP Government of politicizing the prevailing crisis by not including the villages where the party was weak for supplying drinking water through tankers.

Drawing the attention of the Governor to the Telangana Government’s motor vehicle tax on all commercial vehicles entering the state from AP, the Congress leaders said that the government action was in violation of the spirit of the AP Reorganization Act, which bestowed the joint capital status for Hyderabad for ten years.

The leaders urged the Governor to intervene in the matter and ensure that both Telangana and AP States should refrain from collecting entry tax on motor vehicle for a period of ten years. (NSS)

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