Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao and the Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy have expressed their displeasure with the Bharatiya Janata Party leadership at the Centre. The two chief ministers, who met in Hyderabad on Monday, shared their share of woes to the non-cooperation of the BJP and the Central government.
KCR had reportedly expressed his anger and anguish over the Central government’s indifferent attitude towards the Telangana projects. He said that the Central government was not releasing funds as requested by the State to these projects. “This is not good. The Centre survives on the tax share from the States. The main source of the Central government is from the taxes collected from the State and if the Centre refuses to share the funds with the respective state, it is not healthy democracy,” KCR had reportedly told his AP counterpart.
The Telangana chief minister had also expressed his displeasure over the Central government raising objections to the decisions taken by the AP government. He recalled how the Central government had objected to the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) review and the reverse tendering for the Polavaram Project. “The State is an independent government and it has its own agenda on the projects. Why is the Central government trying to dictate to the States,” KCR reportedly asked in the meeting.
The two chief ministers have also decided to make a joint visit to the national capital to meet the Prime Minister and other BJP leaders, both in the government and outside. They have resolved to do so at the earliest so that the attitude of the BJP leaders changes in favour of the States.
The two chief ministers have also expressed their displeasure over the BJP leaders in the two States disturbing the State governments. The BJP leaders in the States are targeting the governments, though neither TRS in Telangana and YSR Congress in Andhra Pradesh, are not taking about the Central government. “We are not making any adverse comments against the Central government. Then why the BJP leaders in the two States are making adverse and controversial statements against the state governments?” they asked each other and felt the need to take it up with the BJP Central leadership.