Hyderabad: An all-party meeting to be chaired by the Chief Minister, Mr. N. Kiran Kumar Reddy is being convened on March 22 at 4 pm for consultations to put forth the state’s views before filing of an appeal against the Brijesh Kumar Tribunal’s verdict on the sharing of Krishna river waters.
This was disclosed in the State Assembly on Tuesday by the Minister for Major Irrigation Mr. P. Sudershan Reddy after the Telugu Desam members stalled the proceedings in the House for over 100 minutes insisting for a discussion on the crucial issue to safeguard the interests of the state in the wake of injustice meted out by the tribunal’s verdict.
After the Deputy Speaker Mr. Nadendla Manohar earlier disallowed four adjournment motions including one by the TDP on the sharing of Krishna river waters following the tribunal’s judgment affecting the interests of the state, the TDP members stormed on to the podium and demanded a discussion. The TDP members continued chanting slogans not heeding to the appeals by the Deputy Speaker for maintaining order in the House. When the TDP members persisted in their demand and continued to stall the proceedings, the House was adjourned for half an hour.
When the House re-assembled after a break of over 100 minutes, the TDP members stuck to their guns insisting for a discussion on the subject as the farmers in as many as 13 districts would be adversely affected by the tribunal’s judgment. They accused the state government of miserably failing to properly present the state’s case before the tribunal.
The Minister for Major irrigation said that the state government was taking all required measures to go in for an appeal against the tribunal’s verdict. The officials of the irrigation department were already holding consultations with two senior and eminent advocates including Mr. Parasaran for going in for an appeal. A meeting of all-party leaders is being convened by the Chief Minister on March 22 to seek their views before filing the appeal, he added.
The Leader of Opposition Mr. N. Chandrababu Naidu reminded that the tribunal’s judgment was a matter of grave concern as the verdict was binding on the state till 2050. The farming community is already suffering for want of adequate water for irrigation, and the tribunal has struck another blow to them. Pointing out that an all-party meeting would not serve any purpose, he demanded that it was imperative for the House to deliberate the issue and pass an appropriate resolution protesting against the verdict, to convey the state’s concern over the gross injustice meted out to it.
The Chief Minister intervened and pointed out that there was no dispute about the fact that a grave injustice has been done to the state in the sharing of Krishna waters. He felt as to how far it would be proper to pass a resolution at a time when the state was preparing to go in for an appeal. The views of all the leaders would be elicited at the all-party meeting and accordingly incorporated in the appeal being filed, he pointed out.
Pointing out that the government had positively responded to the concern expressed by the Opposition, the Deputy Speaker said that the matter should not be dragged further and that the House should take up other important business. He then advised the Minister for Information Technology Mr. P. Laxmaiah to make a statement with regard to the power situation in the state.(NSS)