Hyderabad, Feb 23: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday put the onus of resolving the Telangana tangle on the Centre and made it clear that the State government could do little on the issue even as the Opposition “boycotted” the debate on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address in the State Assembly.
Despite the combined Opposition’s “non-cooperation”, the Assembly adopted the motion to fulfil its Constitutional obligation. Government chief whip M Bhatti Vikramarka initiated the debate while Congress MLA Dronamraju Srinivas seconded it.
The TRS, CPI and TDP’s Telangana MLAs obstructed the proceedings for the fourth day running demanding that the House adopt a resolution on separate Telangana. Deputy Speaker Nadendla Manohar was forced to adjourn the House thrice.
Amidst the din, the Chief Minister, in his 13-minute reply to the debate, appealed to the Opposition not to hamper welfare programmes.
“Separate Telangana is a 50-year old issue. It is not proper to cause inconvenience to the public in the name of agitations. The Central Government has given the Srikrishna committee report to all the political parties, and will take a decision keeping in mind all their suggestions. We (Congress members) are ready to abide by its decision. Till then, all parties should cooperate and not obstruct development and welfare activities,” he told the Opposition members.
He took the opportunity to lash out at the TDP for endorsing the unruly behaviour of the Telangana MPs during the joint session of the State Legislature. “The Governor is not a person, but an institution. An attack on him is an attack on democracy,” he pointed out.
The Chief Minister, in his reply to the discussion on motion of thanks in the Legislative Council, said he was happy to note that 11 members had taken part in the debate. He appealed to all parties to exercise restraint till the Centre takes a decision on the T issue. He advised students to concentrate on studies and asked employees to serve people. He said the government had responded favourably to the demands of the employees.Referring to the welfare programmes of the state government, Kiran Kumar Reddy explained how Rachabanda had helped in taking the administration closer to the people.
Asserting that his government was farmer-friendly, he gave an account of the initiatives taken for their benefit including irrigation projects under Jalayagnam, free power supply and loan waiver scheme.
In both the Houses, he defended Rachabanda stoutly. He said: “Despite several hurdles, about 1.5 crore people participated in the Rachabanda programme. The Government has received 66 lakh representations.
Political parties, if they fail to cooperate with the Government, will remain in opposition for a third term,” he remarked in an apparent dig at the TDP.
Earlier in the day, the Deputy Speaker disallowed all adjournment motion notices given by the Opposition parties on passage of a resolution on Telangana, revocation of five T members’ suspension, release of arrested students, introduction of a Bill on Telangana in Parliament and one even demanding the Congress to make its stand on T clear.
The Deputy Speaker suggested that the members raise the issues during the debate on the Governor’s address, but the Opposition was in no mood to listen.
A few TDP MLAs from Telangana met the Chief Minister in his chambers and requested that the arrested OU students be released immediately.