Hyderabad: TRS working president KT Rama Rao strongly condemned the partisan attitude of the BJP-led government at the Centre which refused financial assistance to the Telangana government’s flagship programmes — Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya. He accused the Union government of being partial to the BJP-ruled States and meting out stepmotherly treatment to States where the BJP had no future. The TRS working president declared that the State government will continue to pursue the pending issues with the Centre, while TRS MPs will not hesitate to launch a protest within and outside the House, demanding justice for the State..
In a blistering attack against BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a press conference at Telangana Bhavan on Saturday, Rama Rao wondered whether Narendra Modi was the Prime Minister of the country or only of the BJP-ruled States. He pointed out that when the BJP-ruled Maharashtra sought financial assistance for its irrigation projects, the Centre came forward to sanction 25 per cent of the money and released Rs 3,831 crore as the first instalment during the current fiscal. “Since Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari hails from Maharashtra, which is also ruled by the BJP, the Centre favoured it,” he said. He stated that the Centre also accorded national project status to Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh and was providing 90 per cent of the entire project expenditure. NITI Aayog nod NITI Aayog recommended a financial assistance of Rs 19,205 crore for Mission Bhagiratha and another Rs 5,000 crore for Mission Kakatiya, but the Centre had refused to provide the amount to the State. In response to a question raised by Medak MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy in the Lok Sabha seeking release of funds, Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal informed that the Central government was unable to allocate the funds for either of the schemes. The TRS working president stated that the two schemes had received appreciation from various quarters, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several other Union Ministers as well as the Chief Ministers of different States. He pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself had come for the launch of Mission Bhagiratha in Gajwel on the request of Chief Minister KCR and appreciated the scheme. “But the Union government did not release a paisa for these projects. Further, there is no response from the Centre to the State government’s request to provide financial assistance for Kaleshwaram or any other irrigation project taken up by the State government,” he said. He added that the Centre was not even releasing arrears pertaining to GST payments, CAMPA funds, proposals for ITIR, Bayyaram Steel Plant, Kazipet Railway Coach Factory and other projects. He stated that the Chief Minister met the Prime Minister on several issues but the Centre has not responded to any of them. ‘Start introspection’ Terming the actions of BJP government as undemocratic and unconstitutional, Rama Rao advised the BJP leadership to start introspection over its actions and take corrective measures failing which it might lose deposits once again during the Parliament elections in Telangana State. He criticised the Prime Minister for replicating the Telangana government’s schemes at the national level but resorting to ‘cheap and silly’ electoral politics by refusing necessary financial support to the State for effective implementation of the schemes..