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Jana blames CMs, Centre for Sagar row

Hyderabad, Feb 14 (INN): Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly K Jana Reddy on Saturday accused Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and his Andhra Pradesh counterpart N Chandrababu Naidu of creating enmity between Telugu speaking people.

Addressing a press conference at the Congress Legislature Party office here, Jana Reddy alleged that both KCR and Naidu deliberately created a war-like scene at the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam on Friday only for political gains. He said such a controversy could have been avoided if both the Chief Ministers would have agreed to discuss the issue. However, he welcomed the meeting between the two Chief Ministers at Raj Bhavan on Saturday and said instead of having confrontation, both the States should find amicable solutions in the interest of Telugu speaking people.

Jana Reddy also blamed the Centre for the on-going controversy over sharing of water. Accusing the Centre of remaining a mute spectator to the development, he said that the Centre did not issue clear guidelines or instructions to the Krishna Water Board which was constituted about nine months ago. He said that the lethargic attitude of the Centre and adamant nature of both the Chief Ministers would hurt the interest of poor farmers in both the States.

Speaking about the Telangana Government’s Mission Kakatiya and Water Grid projects, Jana Reddy asked KCR to explain as to when and how he proposes to release the water. He also demanded that KCR hold an all-party meeting and take a delegation to New Delhi on the issue. He said the water and energy sharing issues should be resolved by keeping the political differences aside to prevent the conditions from further deterioration.

Congress MP Gutha Sukhendar Reddy and MLA Bhaskar Rao were also present during the press conference.

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