TRS misleading people on Pranahita

  • Congress blames KCR’s family
  • Contradictory stand on the design of project
  • It would force Centre to delay matters

HYDERABAD: Deputy CLP leader in the Legislative Council Mohammed Ali Shabbir on Thursday demanded that the State Government come out with a clear stand on the Pranahita-Chevella project.

Speaking to media persons at the Assembly media point, Shabbir Ali said the Chief Minister and his family members were trying to mislead the people of Telangana by giving contradictory statements. He said the Chief Minister gave statements in the House and outside faulting the present design of the project. KCR has been insisting on change of design while advocating construction of barrage at Kaleshwaram instead of Tummidi-Hetti villages in Adilabad district on Telangana-Maharashtra border. On the other side, KCR’s nephew and Irrigation Minister T Harish Rao has been justifying non-allocation of funds for the Pranahita-Chevella project. Adding more confusion, KCR’s daughter and Nizamabad MP K Kavitha called on Union Minister Uma Bharathi demanding declaration of the dam, with the present design, as a national project.

Shabbir Ali said KCR family members were trying to mislead about 4.5 crore people of Telangana on Pranahita-Chevella project while finding newer ways of delaying the project. He said the controversial stand on project design would deter the Centre from declaring it as National Project while the State Government too would get away by not allocating sufficient funds. He demanded that the Chief Minister come out with a clear stand on the issue during the debate on Appropriation Bill in the Legislative Council.

Asked about results of MLC elections, Shabbir Ali said the Congress never gave political importance to the Graduates or Teachers constituencies. Even during the regime of Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy, the party did not make any political interference. However, in view of entry of TRS, BJP and other parties, the Congress too entered the fray and took a late decision on candidates. However, he said the results should act as an eye-opener to KCR, who has been functioning like a dictator. (NSS)

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