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Polavaram: K Chandrasekhar Rao likely to challenge Narendra Modi decision

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Minister-designate K. Chandrasekhar Rao said the Centre was contemplating to bring in an ordinance to merge the villages which was deferred by the Manmohan Singh Government. “When I got the information, I spoke to a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and informed him that this was not the right step. It (Ordinance) cannot be okayed in the present form and in this manner. Such an anti-constitution decision should not be taken at the first Cabinet,” he remarked.

Questioning why an Ordinance be brought in such hasty manner when the Parliament session begins in few days time, Mr Rao said he expected the Prime Minister to speak to both the states, seek their approval and take a decision. “Taking up such an unconstitutional and undemocratic Ordinance at the first Cabinet meeting is like blackening the face of PM. It will be a wrong step. It’s not correct. I humbly and earnestly appeal to new Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modiji, not to take out any ordinance at the first Cabinet meeting which is not at all desirable, which will be un-democratic and which will not be digested by people of Telangana.”

Going by Mr Rao tone and tenor, the newly elected Modi government and Mr Rao’s government are heading for a showdown over Polavaram issue. The TRS chief reminded that when the Polavaram issue was taken up and ordinance framed, Telangana was not divided. Now that the Telangana state has been carved out through an act of Parliament, the state has to be consulted. “Altering of boundaries of a state under Article 3 needs approval from both states. It’s a constitutional obligation,” he said.

Courtesy: Deccan Chronicle

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