Naidu reaches out to Telangana Government

HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam party president N. Chandrababu Naidu reached out to the Telangana Government by inviting its leadership to hold talks across the table to resolve outstanding issues relating to sharing of power and water.

Addressing a party workers’ meeting at Hanamkonda near Warangal on Thursday, Mr. Naidu said bifurcation of AP and Telangana was irrevocable and there was no reason for the two States to fight since they were bonded by a common language. “Let us sit together, hold talks and resolve all problems. If we cannot, we can seek intervention of well-wishers”, he said.

The AP Chief Minister said he had predicted that bifurcation would trigger water and power disputes besides causing problem of funds. But, the then Congress leaders had given an assurance that they would solve all these issues. However, the Congress party had sunk without a trace while the present (NDA) Government was not in a position to do anything immediately.

No response from Telangana

Referring to the raging dispute between AP and Telangana over sharing electricity, Mr. Naidu said he had offered to hold talks with the TRS Government but there was no response yet.  He recalled his efforts to overcome a power crisis in Andhra and said he had made a strong pitch with Union Energy Minister Piyush Goyal to come to the rescue of Telangana.

About the dispute with Telangana over sharing of water from the Krishna, he said unnecessary issues were being raised though both States had used water for generating power. Amid shortage of water in Nagarjunasagar, both the States were now engaged in a dispute over using water for irrigating the rabi crop.

Mr. Naidu vowed to fight till his last breath for equitable justice for AP as well as Telangana. He said he would not fazed by defection of a few TDP leaders because the party had the capacity to create more leaders from among its legion of followers.

Noting that some TDP leaders in Telangana were dejected over the party’ third successive defeat, he said he would make efforts to accommodate some of them in nominated posts in the Centre.

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