The Centre on Thursday promulgated an ordinance on Polavaram project merging some villages of Telangana in Seemandhra to rehabilitate those displaced by the project, just ahead of the formation of Telangana as the 29th state on June 2.
The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014 amends Section 3 of the main Act on creation of Telangana.
The move will help those who had lost land in Seemandhra to be given compensation in the form of land being merged from Telangana and obviously it has evoked severe criticism from the Telangana Rashtriya Samiti, which has called for a bandh in Telangana.
Leaders in Khammam district of Telangana have opposed the merger of villages from the Bhadrachalam revenue division into Semmandhra.
Defending the move, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the ordinance was delayed by the Congress and executed by the BJP government. “There is no controversy. Please understand. The issue was decided earlier. The Cabinet had decided on Pollavaram project. The decision was taken long back. It was approved by many parties. Congress said they will go for ordinance, they did not bring. Keeping the broad unity of Parliament, the decision was taken,” he said.
Refuting charges by TRS, he said, “We have fulfilled the promise made both by BJP and Congress. There is no controversy. As far as the Central Government is concerned, both regions are important. When the bill was passed, all parties celebrated it, including parties opposing it.”