A day after the altercation between Telangana police and Andhra Pradesh police at Nagarjuna Sagar dam which resulted in political statements, AP Irrigation Minister Ambati Rambabu clarified the whole story. He also cleared the air over the issue as a section of media (pro-TDP) media tried to paint political colours to the whole matter.
"The situation is that only half of the dam falls under Telangana's jurisdiction, yet the neighbouring Telangana state has taken control of the entire project. The previous Chandrababu Naidu government maintained a passive stance towards Telangana states action as then AP CM was involved in the note-for-vote case in Telangana. However, we (the present government led by CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy) are determined not to remain silent," stated Rambabu.
He further highlighted that during the previous government's tenure, Telangana had even denied us our rightful share of water. Rambabu strongly criticized media reports suggesting that the Andhra Pradesh Police had invaded the Nagarjuna Sagar Project. He called this "propaganda" is by the yellow media. Ambati also quoted that BJP's Kishan Reddy has admitted to a few points the other day.
It can be noted that Nagarjuna Sagar Project and Srisailam projects are inter-state projects and river water is shared between AP and Telangana states, according to the AP Reorganisation Act.
When questioned about any potential political motive behind the incident, especially given the ongoing elections in Telangana, Rambabu dismissed such claims.
Minister Ambati replied, "There is a cordial relation with any government in the neighbouring state. Our party does not exist in Telangana, so we did not compete there. Therefore, we don't need to defeat any political party in Telangana." Minister Ambati reiterated that we will not use a single drop of water beyond our share.
Meanwhile, the Telangana police have filed case against the AP police.
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