Heated Arguments in Assembly over merger of 7 mandals in Khammam District.
Merger of 7 mandals in Khammam district with Andhra Pradesh under Polavaram project rocked the Telangana state Assembly on Monday with ruling TRS and main opposition Congress exchanging heated arguments with the latter staging a walkout protesting against the indifferent attitude of the state government.
While Congress members cornered the TRS government for failing to stop the merger, TRS party hit back saying the decision was taken by the previous UPA government headed by it.
Trouble began during the question hour when Congress member Puvvada Ajay Kumar wanted to know the steps being taken to get due share of 460 MW power for Telangana from the lower Sileru hydro-electric project. He said the state had lost not just seven mandals but also the power project to AP.
Telangana Congress MLA also wanted to know why Chief Minister KCR failed to take an all-party delegation to Delhi to mount pressure on the Centre despite a resolution passed in the Assembly.
Irrigation minister T Harish Rao accused Congress of Telangana forgoing its due share of power from the Lower Sileru Project and in preventing the merger of seven mandals of Khammam district with Andhra Pradesh at the time of passing the AP Reorganization Bill in the Parliament.
He blamed former Union minister Jairam Ramesh for the merger and said that the NDA government went ahead with the merger despite strong protests from Telangana. Unfortunately, the Congress members, who did not protest at that time are now raising a hue and cry about it, he added.
Harish Rao blamed the Congress for not opposing the relevant Bill when it came up in Rajya Sabha. Had they opposed the merger, the Sileru project could have been with Telangana state, he said.
Another Congress member, G Chinna Reddy accused Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu for the merger of seven mandals comprising 136 villages in Telangana with Andhra Pradesh evoking protest from BJP Floor Leader K Laxman.
He said the chief minister himself had stated that achieving Telangana is more important than losing seven mandals, triggering strong protests from TRS members.
Congress lodged protest against TRS party for blaming Congress instead of sorting out the issue.
Amid heated exchange and trading of charges over the issue, Congress members rushed to the podium and raised slogans against the government and then staged a walkout from the House in protest.