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AP Govt has no right to criticise Centre: BJP

BJP State general secretary S. Suresh Reddy on Sunday found fault with the State government for failing to submit necessary documents on the Polavaram irrigation project to the designated authority formed by the Union Government. He said that it was unfair on the part of Irrigation Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao to accuse the Centre of not releasing adequate funds for the national irrigation project.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Reddy recalled that the Modi Government took a decision to merge the inundating mandals of the Polavaram project into the Andhra Pradesh State in the very first Cabinet meeting, besides establishing an authority to oversee the construction activity.

“Instead of supporting the authority, the State government is blaming the Centre time and again. It is the State government that failed to furnish the required documents before the authority,” he said, adding that the State government's attempt to include the Pattiseema Lift Irrigation project's cost into the Polavaram project was not approved by the authority, as the latter considered both the Polavaram and Pattiseema as different projects.

“Instead of realising the facts that it has failures on its side, the State government is unnecessarily faulting the Centre only to divert the attention of the public,” he said. BJP district president Y. Malakondaiah and city president N.V. Saibaba were present.

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