Strongly protesting against State government's decision to revoke the orders issued during the Congress regime to supply drinking water to the pilgrim town of Tirupati, leaders from across the political spectrum in Rayalaseema staged dharna in Tirupati on Thursday.
Addressing the dharna camp, Bhumanna - a leader of the intellectual forum of Rayalaseema - said that the Kiran Kumar Reddy government had initiated measures to supply drinking water to the parched Tirumala and Tirupati through Kandaleru reservoir and had even released Rs 70 crore to take up the necessary works on the project.
However, after the Telugu Desam Party came to power, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had totally reversed it and had even issued a GO, 13 on November 27, revoking all the decisions taken by the earlier government. The decision of the TDP government seriously hampered the development of Rayalaseema and had hurt the feelings of the people of the region.
At a time when the statehood demand for Rayalaseema was gaining momentum, Chandrababu had further ruffled the hurt feelings of the people by revoking the orders issued by the earlier government, another leader who took part in the agitation said.
They demanded that the State government immediately initiate steps to cancel the orders issued by the TDP government and revive the earlier decision taken to supply water to Tirupati.
It may been recalled that the then Kiran Kumar Reddy government had taken measures to meet the drinking water needs of the people of Chittoor district and released Rs 70 crore to immediately take up the works on the project. But before the works took off, KIran Kumar Reddy had resigned as the chief minister and after the general election the TDP came to power.