Chandrababu Naidu meets Governor over contentious issues between A.P., Telangana

VBK-04-NAIDU_jpg_2185947fA file photo of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu with Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at the Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday held a meeting with Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan at Raj Bhavan in Hyderabad reportedly over the high-handed behaviour of the Telangana government on many issues, including the Krishna water dispute and funds in Labour Department.

Though there is no official communication on what transpired at the 30-minute meeting, sources said the Chief Minister complained about the ‘misdeeds’ of the Telangana government in the recent days, including the Srisailam water row and the dispute over funds in Labour Department.

He also reportedly discussed about the institutions and organisations listed in Schedule IX and X of the A.P. Reorganisation Act and those that have not been included in any Schedule that have become a bone of contention between the two States with the Telangana government unilaterally going ahead with their division.

The Chief Minister reportedly explained to the Governor the Telangana government’s repeated violation of the Krishna River Management Board’s orders issued from time to time on utilisation of water at Srisailam reservoir for power generation.

Though the situation was “very precarious” due to shortage of over 78 tmc ft. of water in river Krishna this season, the Telangana government was adamantly generating power at the Srisailam Left Power House and letting out water into the sea.

Regarding the Labour Department, the Mr. Naidu reportedly lodged a strong protest with the Governor over the Telangana government’s high-handed actions in booking cases against higher officials of the A.P. government and the threat issued to banks asking them to freeze accounts of the department.

The Chief Minister gave a detailed account of funds pertaining to the Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board and the unnecessary dispute being created by the Telangana government over it.

“There is no diversion of funds as being made out by Telangana. In fact, our money is still lying in banks in Telangana,” Mr. Naidu reportedly said.

The A.P. Chief Minister sought the Governor’s intervention to rein in the Telangana government and ensure effective implementation of the Reorganisation Act.

Mr. Naidu will visit New Delhi on November 6 and 7 to meet Union Ministers and report the Telangana government’s illegal acts to the Centre.

A.P. Chief Secretary I.Y.R. Krishna Rao is also preparing a report in this regard, which he will submit to Union Cabinet Secretary and Home Secretary on November 7.

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