Telangana leaders spar over illegal constructions in Hyderabad

Mr Yadav said that the Congress leaders were misleading the people through a false campaign against the TRS.

Hyderabad: A war of words has broken out between the ruling TRS and the Opposition over illegal constructions in Hyderabad, in the aftermath of the collapse of a six-storey building in Nanakramguda in which 11 persons lost their lives.

Taking exception to the Opposition blaming the TRS government for the unfortunate incident, animal husbandry minister T. Srinivas Yadav said that illegal constructions were rampant in Congress and Telugu Desam rules. Mr Yadav said that the Congress leaders were misleading the people through a false campaign against the TRS.

He also rejected the demand of TPCC president Uttam Kumar Reddy for resignation of municipal minister K.T. Rama Rao on moral grounds.

“One calls the Chief Minister and ministers by their first name and talks nonsense. Another demands the resignation of KTR on moral grounds. There were rampant illegal constructions during Congress rule. How many illegal buildings cropped up in the past 2.5 years and how many in the last 15 years to 20 years?” Mr Yadav said.

He added, “We will expose the Opposition with facts on illegal constructions in the city in the Assembly. A person who had gone to jail is also talking against the government. We will wash them away.”

Congress senior leader and former Vice-Chairman of National Disaster Management Authority M. Shashidhar Reddy had demanded filing of criminal cases and sacking of Mr Yadav from the TS Cabinet besides action against erring officials for irregularities in the construction and allotment of houses for poor in IDH colony.

Meanwhile, Telangana state Telugu Desam president L. Ramana joined Mr Uttam Kumar Reddy in demanding the resignation of Mr Rama Rao over the Nanakramguda tragedy. Elsewhere, TS TD working president and MLA A. Revanth Reddy accused the TRS government of destroying the GHMC.

“Before the elections, GHMC had '800 crore in fixed deposits, but now the corporation is in Rs 2,000 crore debt. TRS talked about skyways, highways, making Hussainsagar lake water like coconut water etc. Forget development, when there were heavy rains, Jubilee Hills went without power for three days. Corporators have turned commission agents,” he alleged.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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