Hyderabad: BJP Legislature Party leader G. Kishan Reddy on Saturday accused the TRS government of trying to usurp the rights of constitutionally guaranteed Panchayati Raj institutions by way of bringing an amendment to the law.
Speaking to mediapersons here, Mr Kishan Reddy said for the last four years the TRS government had not granted the mandatory funds to gram panchayats and zilla parishads, but had taken away the funds meant for panchayats in mining, registrations and other cess.
The state BJP leader said that the government had not even released the enhanced honorarium announced for various Panchayat Raj institutions.
Mr Kishan Reddy said that the TRS government was trying to destroy the institutions by proposing to hold elections on non-party basis and bringing in co-opted members to panchayats to oversee the functioning of elected sarpanches.
He said the government had failed to explain the need to amend the Act. He accused Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao of deliberately suspending and superceding the gram panchayats because the sarpanches did not join the TRS.
Replying to a question, Mr Kishan Reddy said his party was getting details on how many times the Chief Minister has visited his office in the Secretariat and how many times he went to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan in the last four years.