The prestigious Polavaram project, involving a little more than Rs 55,000 crore, is all set to be the bone of contention between the ruling YSR Congress and the opposition Telugu Desam Party in the years to come. It was one of the major issues, not the only, for the ruling TDP and opposition YSR Congress in the last five years.
For the ruling TDP and opposition YSR Congress, there were many contentious issues in the last five years. The frequent change of stand on core issue of special category status by the ruling TDP too had its share for the political controversy in the last five years. The contracts awarded in the capital Amaravati, the promise of loan waiver to the farmers, weavers and the women and the jobs promised to the youth were formed as a package for the political debate all through the last five years.
Of course, there was the issue of vote for note in Telangana involving chief minister Chandrababu Naidu, which ultimately led to the AP government moving out of the common capital in just one-and-a-half years of bifurcation, had its share in political controversies in the last five years. These controversies have kept the political corridors busy.
Now, there are no such issues. The ruling YSR Congress had almost roped in 80 per cent of its poll promises in the first three months. The issue of special category status had died a natural death with people realising that it holds no good any more. The only potential issue for political debate in the State is the Polavaram Project and the reverse tendering of the government.
While the government claims to have saved certain amount of money from the reverse tendering in the Polavaram project, the Opposition discounts it and attributes huge corruption from the backdoor. It is clear that the opposition TDP cannot agree to the claims of savings to the exchequer on this project by the government as it would mean accepting the corruption charges levelled earlier by the YSR Congress. Caught in this piquant situation, the TDP is all set to keep the issue on the top of its agenda, while the YSR Congress is also equally strong to nail TDP on this issue.