Hyderabad: The former chief minister, Mr K. Rosaiah, has said that revenue of the State government would go down because of the ongoing agitation for separate Telangana.
Intervening during a debate on the State budget in the Legislative Council on Saturday, Mr Rosaiah has denied the allegation of Mr Ch. Sitaramulu of the CPI(M) that he was speaking one thing in the House and doing something outside.
Mr Sitaramulu, during the debate, has alleged that Mr Rosaiah, who was also a former Finance Minister had stated in Visakhapatnam that the Budget estimates were mere figures and the actual allocations could not be of the same level. He said that Mr Rosaiah also said that revenue of the government was going down because of the agitation and alleged that the former chief minister was saying one thing in the House and some thing else outside.
Intervening, Mr Rosaiah said that he never said anything different from what he had stated in the House anywhere. He has asked the member to say whether there was any revenue flow to the exchequer since the past one week. “You are also running government in one or two States. You know about the budget. Stalwarts including Dr Ambedkar had said that budgetary figures were only estimates and the real allocations could not be of the same volume. This was the reason why provisions were made for supplementary demands, he explained to the member.
Mr Sitaramulu said that in the CPI(M)-ruled States like West Bengal and Kerala, only realistic promises were made to the people and sufficient provisions were created in the budgets to fulfill those promises, unlike in Andhra Pradesh. He pointed out that though the State government promised nine-hour free power supply to the farmers, it was not ensuring even seven-hour power supply. (NSS)