Vijayamma to stage dharna from Dec 4

Hyderabad, December 3:, 2013 Upping its ante against the
Brijesh Kumar Tribunal verdict, YSR Congress would launch dharnas in all the
three regions demanding the State Government to move the Supreme Court to bring
a stay against the decision and slammed the TDP for blaming YSR for the crisis
and also sought an all party meet with irrigation experts to discuss the issue
threadbare from the pre- independence days.

“We will undertake dharnas under the leadership of
our Party Honarary President YS Vijayamma in all the three regions of the State
to create awareness among people on the issue in chronological order.

On December 4, she will lead the protest at
Pulichinthala project lying between Krishna and  Guntur districts, on
December 5 at Ghandikota project of Kadapa district and on December 6 at Jurala
project in Mahbubnagar district,” party leaders Umareddy Venkateswarlu, Gattu
Ramachandra Rao and Gurnath Reddy told reporters here on Tuesday.

As the verdict affects all the regions and the
damage is of permanent in nature, the Party has decided to launch agitation in
all the three regions of the State and farmers will join her along with party
cadre with the demand to bring stay on the verdict as it will have far reaching
consequences on the state.

Since the agitation is extensive to highlight the
loss the state would suffer in the long run, we believe that there would be no
resistance from any quarter and call upon everyone to join the dharna, they

We will also focus on the steps taken by each
government on the issue and how it was dealt with by various political parties
throughout, besides expressing protest against the verdict and demanding the
Centre not to include it in the schedule, they said.

Hitting out at TDP for its slanted allegations
against YSR blaming him for the Brijesh Kumar verdict, they said: “it is
meaningless to hurl allegations against each other on a daily basis. 

What YSR has given was not an affidavit as claimed
by the TDP but it is a letter and it was done in the better interests of the

We will call irrigation experts from all the three
regions and hold a meeting inviting all political parties and discuss the issue

Before Brijesh Kumar Tribunal was set up,
Maharashtra and Karnataka have approached the Supreme Court and it has given a
verdict in 2000.The the irrigation minister Ponnal Laxmaiah has defended the
State Government stand during the 2006 budget session and the subsequent
session as well.

We shall study and discuss the position before
Bachawat Award during the pre-independence era, the Bachawat Award and the
Supreme Court decision in 2000 to clear the air instead of leveling baseless
allegations, they said and asserted that YSR did not err in judgment and the
present crisis is a result of Chandrababu Naidu not building any project during
his term to utilise the Krishna waters.

Meanwhile, in a separate press conference,
Tammineni Sitraram has said that the Tribunal verdict is a setback to the
State. Bachawat in its clarifications has defined the rights of lower riparian
state in terms of surplus waters. NTR has laid foundation stone for 11
irrigation projects.

Chandrababu Naidu, during his nine year term has
allocated only Rs 9,000 crores for the projects started by NTR. This negligence
has cost the state dearly and accusing YSR for it unfair, he said.

Supreme Court has given verdict in 2000 that Andhra
Pradesh has no right on the surplus waters. This was when HD Deve Gowda was the
Prime Minister and Naidu was the Chief Minister, he said.

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