House In Splits As Harish Takes A Dig On Aruna

Hyderabad: Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao on Tuesday urged former minister DK Aruna and other Congress members to abstain from filing false cases to stall the much-needed irrigation projects.

During the debate on the irrigation projects in the Assembly, Harish was replying to allegations and queries of members. Reacting to Aruna’s comment that the TRS Government was taking credit for the projects completed by the Congress Government, he said, “I salute Arunakka with folded hands not to misguide the courts by filing false cases against the projects”. Harish Rao’s comments threw the members, watching the debate curiously, into splits.

“The Congress members can chide me and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and not to come in the way of the projects and deceive the people, who seek their speedy completion,” Harish Rao said.

He flayed the Congress for not completing a single project and had been helping the Andhra region to get irrigation waters before bifurcation. Bearing all insults, scolding and baseless charges, KCR fought for 14 long years and fetched statehood to Telangana and has been making sincere efforts to complete the irrigation projects. But it is not good for the Congress leaders to come in the way”, he said.

Harish Rao also fumed at the Congress leaders for misguiding the courts through false cases with forgery signatures in the name of people, who are not alive now. KK Mahender Reddy and Harshavardhan Reddy filed cases hampering the irrigation interests, he bemoaned.

He also squarely blamed the previous Congress government for failing to complete Palamur, Ranga Reddy and other projects in the State.

The TRS Government spent Rs 1,300 crore so far for Palamur project and irrigating 4.5 lakh acre in the backward Mahbubnagar district. He listed out funds being spent in crores for various projects in the State and reiterated that one crore acres will be brought under irrigation as per schedule.

He said the Mission Kakatiya was taken up on mission mode and taking 6,500 lakes under Phase IV in addition to 17,500 lakes in first to three phases to improve minor irrigation facilities in the rural areas. (NSS)

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