TDP, CPI(M) stage walkout in AP Assembly

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Hyderabad, Mar 14: Members of the main Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Communist Party of India (Marxist) today staged a walkout in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, while CPI registered its protest against the Congress government's failure to get adequate Central funds for taking up road projects in the state.

Dissatisfied with Roads and Buildings Minister T Jeevan Reddy's reply during question hour, TDP member D Umamaheswara Rao said that though the ruling Congress had 30 MPs and eight Union Ministers from the State, it was unable to get liberal funds from the Centre for road projects, unlike neighbouring Tamil Nadu. He then led his party colleagues out of the House.

CPI(M) Floor Leader N Narasimhaiah said roads in the state were in bad condition due to the ''negligent'' attitude of the state Government and led his party members out of the House.

CPI Legislator P Venkata Reddy also registered his party's protest on the bad condition of roads.

Earlier, the Minister said there was no proposal to set up toll gates on existing state roads. But, there was a plan to introduce toll for upgrading of existing roads into four lane roads with the involvement of private players. For national highways, toll policy would be decided by the National Highways Authority of India. In the proposed toll policy of the state government, agricultural, medical, irrigation vehicles, two and three-wheelers, and local non-commercial vehicles would be exempted from toll, he added.

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