Hyderabad: The war of words has intensified between the ruling TRS and the Opposition over Mallannasagar irrigation project, 12 per cent quota for Muslims and other issues.
Alleging that the Congress and TD had opposed statehood to Telangana, irrigation minister T. Harish Rao accused the two parties of now trying to stall Mallannasagar and other irrigation projects in the state.
“Every kind of conspiracy is being hatched to stall the projects. But we are determined to complete Mallannasagar and other irrigation projects, come what may. In the past 56 years, not a single irrigation project and canal was constructed in Medak district,” he said.
In Mahbubnagar, Panchayat Raj minister Jupally Krishna Rao lashed out at Congress MLA D.K. Aruna, BJP leader Nagam Janardhan Reddy and TD working president A. Revanth Reddy, alleging that they were trying to stall irrigation projects.
For its part, the Opposition intensified its attack on the TRS government. TPCC chief N. Uttam Kumar Reddy alleged that Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao and Mr Harish Rao were lying on Pulichintala oustees issue.
“We met Pulichintala victims and asked them what they needed in compensation. Rehabilitation provided to Pulichintala oustees was unprecedented. I will quit if it’s proved wrong,” he said.
CLP leader K. Jana Reddy said there was contradiction between Mr Chandrasekhar Rao and Mr Harish Rao over payment of compensation to Mallannasagar project oustees.
“Harish Rao is almost threatening farmers,” he alleged. With regard to 12 per cent quota for Muslims, Leader of Opposition in council, Mohd Ali Shabbir, alleged that the government was cheating Muslims and demanded a White Paper on the issue.
“It’s like “Khajoor Khilao-Reservation Bhulao. KCR should announce a clear roadmap with a specific deadline to fulfil his promise. KCR resorted to blatant lies on the pious occasion of iftar,” Mr Shabbir Ali said.
He also slammed the MIM leadership for its silence on the issue. “Asaduddin Owaisi is a barrister and senior Parliamentarian himself. He must clarify whether the Sudhir Commission report could be used to provide 12 per cent Muslim reservation. If not, then why did he remain silent when KCR spoke on the issue during the iftar. Why are MIM leaders so afraid of opening up their mouth in front of KCR?” he asked.