Review or resign, YSRCP gauntlet on gas row: Aug 7, 2012

Hyderabad, August 7: YSRCP has demanded the five union ministers form the State, including Petroleum Minster S Jaipal Reddy, to ensure that the gas diversion to Maharashtra from KG basin is revoked or resign as the State interests are at stake.

“S Jaipal Reddy, who is member of the Empowered Committee of Minsters, should have stalled the decision of gas diversion as Sushil Kumar Shinde and Murli Deora, who are also members of the Committee had severed their regional interests well by getting the gas to Maharashtra,” party spokesperson Ambati Rambabu told reporters here on Tuesday.

Jaipal Reddy is answerable to all the people who elected him, so are the other minsters who hail from the State and they should prevail upon the Centre in reverting the gas allocation to Ratnagiri Power Plant from KG basin or they should quit immediately as they have no moral right to continue, he said.

If no positive results show up, YSRCP will launch an agitation to safeguard the interests of the people as the gas found in KG basin should first be served to the locals and exports should be the next priority.

“Only after saturation should the gas be sold to others. YSR has always made this point very clear and had confronted the Centre on this issue. As the leadership in the State is weak, things are moving in a different direction but we will take up the matter in a big way should there be no proper response,” he said.

YSR contention was that the off-shore gas will not go beyond Kondapalli and Reliance and other players have since then reduced the production.

After YSR, we are not getting even 30 per cent of our due share. This shows the commitment the ministers and MPs from our State has to the people who elected them, he said.

When Sushil Kumar Shinde and Murli Deora could take care of the interests of Maharashtra, S Jaipal Reddy, being Petroleum minister, could not prevail on the empowered committee and simply yielded without any resistance. His comments that the committee has taken the majority opinion stand no ground, he said. 

“The five ministers from the State should either help review the decision of gas diversion or they should resign,” he said.

Fees Reimbursement: The Cabinet Sub-committee’s recommendations on the fees reimbursement have clearly the punctured the spirit of the scheme introduced by YSR.

“Our Party Honorary President YS Vijayamma will undertake a two-day fast at Eluru on August 12 and 13 in protest against the government’s indifference,” he said.

Ridiculing the cabinet sub-committee’s recommendations of increasing the fees from Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 and arranging for a bank loan for hike, he said, such decisions will affect the education prospects of the students.

After the Eluru fast our Party will launch a major agitation on the fees reimbursement issue.

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