Congress, TDP shun KCR’s show  

Congress, TDP shun KCR’s show  
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The main opposition Congress and TDP on Thursday boycotted Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s PowerPoint presentation on irrigation in the Assembly, while other parties like AIMIM, BJP, CPI, CPI (M) and YSR Congress members were present.

However, TDP’s political ally BJP was present and its floor leader K Laxman showered praises on Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s informative presentation

Hyderabad: The main opposition Congress and TDP on Thursday boycotted Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s PowerPoint presentation on irrigation in the Assembly, while other parties like AIMIM, BJP, CPI, CPI (M) and YSR Congress members were present.

Congress and Telugu Desam leaders said they restricted themselves from attending the special session on irrigation on the grounds that the TRS government had defied norms and standard procedures adhered to in the functioning of the Assembly.

Congress Legislature Party leader K Jana Reddy said no such practice like making the Assembly a platform for lengthy PowerPoint presentations was adopted by any Chief Minister in the country since Independence.

Surprisingly, TDP's political ally BJP took a divergent stand by being present in Assembly to listen to the presentation. BJP floor leader K Laxman in fact showered praises on K Chandrashekar Rao for his informative presentation on the subject of irrigation.

Huge LED screens were erected on either side of the speaker’s podium in the officer's gallery for the purpose. Even pen drives containing details of the PowerPoint presentation on the irrigation projects were also given to the members.

The Chief Minister surprised the members by browsing Google maps during the presentation. Before commencing his presentation, the Chief Minister made a lengthy three-hour speech recalling how the people of Telangana were denied their due share of water for irrigation and drinking purposes.

He also recalled how these factors had led to the advent of the Telangana movement, following the earlier governments’ neglect and failure to tackle water issues which confronted the Telangana region during the undivided Andhra Pradesh state. The Chief Minister further said that after the formation of Telangana state, a detailed study was made by the present regime to tackle the water crisis.

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