AP to urge PM's intervention over Babli dam

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Hyderabad, Jul 23: All Andhra Pradesh political parties, without the main opposition TDP, had decided in a meeting to urge the center to intervene into the Babli dam project controversy.

The main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) did not participate in the meeting protesting the decision of the government to allow only one representative from each party. Its leaders came out after submitting a memorandum to the chief minister.

An all-party meeting chaired by Andhra Pradesh CM Rosaiah resolved to submit a memorandum to the Prime Minister on Jul 26.

Irrigation Minister Ponnala Lakshamaiah said that they would urge the Prime Minister to give permanent solution over the project being built by Maharashtra in violation of Godavari river water sharing agreements.

The row over Babli became tensed when Maharashtra police had arrested TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu, who was trying to enter into the Babli project site on Jul 16.

The meeting, however, felt that as a large number of Telugus reside in Maharashtra, there was a need to ensure that the problems were sorted out in an peaceful way.

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