NDA 'more generous' to Andhra Pradesh: Telangana minister

Hyderabad, May 3: A month ahead of the first anniversary of Telangana's creation, a key minister in the TRS government K Taraka Rama Rao is miffed at the Narendra Modi government for being "more generous" to Andhra Pradesh ruled by NDA ally TDP.

"The Centre took almost nine months to give Telangana its share of IAS officers... The bifurcation of the high court has still not happened, while division of state employees by a Centre-appointed committee is yet to be completed," Rao, son of TRS chief and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, said. "If central government was a little more helpful, we could have done a lot better," he told PTI.

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The TRS government completes one year in office on June 2, the day the new state carved out of Andhra Pradesh was born. Rao, the state's Panchayati Raj and Information Technology Minister, also feels the "friction" between Telangana and the residual state of Andhra Pradesh over issues like river water sharing is "natural".

"There are issues between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, between Maharashtra and (the then undivided) Andhra Pradesh. This is not unnatural or out of the world."

"When a process like this (bifurcation) happens, there is bound to be some fallout. We (Telangana government) have behaved in much more matured fashion than expected," he said.


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