Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh government Chief Whip Gadikota Srikanth Reddy on Friday criticized TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu for speaking in support of Telangana and acting as their irrigation advisor.

MLA Srikanth Reddy said Mr. Naidu is jealous as AP is prospering and has started to politicize issues, creating water disputes. Alleging that all those letters written by the Telangana government are more likely coming from the TDP office, the MLA slammed Mr. Naidu for politicizing Rayalaseema irrigation issues and said he has no moral right to speak on the issue as he couldn't complete a single project during his tenure, even those projects that were initiated by Y.S Rajashekar Reddy.

Mr. Srikanth said that Chandrababu is playing the same backstabbing politics by conspiring against the state and working for the benefits of the neighbouring state. He said the TDP supremo had failed to complete even a single irrigation project during his time which had resulted in the current crisis - losing the legal share of water allocated. The TDP, which was in power from 1994-2004, has done a lot of injustice to the state by not undertaking any project, he added.

The MLA recalled the comments made by Mr. Naidu where he had said that practicing agriculture is a sheer waste and irrigation projects are a waste of money. The same Chandrababu Naidu along with Devineni Uma had protested the construction of Pothireddypadu during Y.S Rajashekar Reddy's rule which has now become a saviour for the Rayalaseema region, he said, adding that Chief Minister Y.S Jagan Mohan Reddy has proposed the Rayalaseema lift irrigation project to draw the state's share of water that was legally allocated by KRMB.

Mr. Srikanth said that Mr. Naidu is intentionally creating a rift by opposing the Rayalaseema lift project. He added that Mr. Naidu was silent when Telangana constructed new projects like Palamuru-Rangareddy, Dindi during his rule and now he is speaking in support of Telangana leaving state priorities.

He assured that Chief Minister Jagan is committed towards the state's benefits and has written to the Prime Minister and the Telangana Chief Minister to resolve the issue.


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