Former chief minister and opposition leader in AP, N Chandrababu Naidu, was seen aggressive at the ruling YSR Congress for the second consecutive day on Thursday. He had been holding protests in the Assembly and outside as well on one issue or the other, hitting hard at the ruling party and chief minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy.
Thursday, the party protested against the State government’s plans to have a joint venture project on Godavari with the Telangana government. The TDP members including Chandrababu Naidu opposed this move and feared that the state would be deprived of river water in future. Chandrababu Naidu recalled how the State had suffered for water from Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir in the combined State as the farmers of Khammam and Nalgonda have not allowed water to be released to Krishna district from the left canal. The same would happen if the state goes for a joint project with Telangana State, he said.
Chandrababu Naidu expressed concerns over the future of the State, particularly in the inter-state river water sharing. He also cited the disputes between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over Cauveri water sharing and Punjab and Haryana over Yamuana water sharing. He said that the river water tribunals and supreme court too could not do anything to settle the dispute between the two states.
The TDP chief and his members raised slogans against the government and Jaganmohan Reddy, leading to pandemonium in the Assembly. This was followed by the Speaker suspending four of TDP MLAS from the House for the day. Reacting to this suspension, Chandrababu Naidu and his team staged a walk out from the Assembly in protest.