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TRS turns impatient towards Narendra Modi's empty support
It was Telangana Chief Minister K Chadnrasekhar Rao's unconditional support to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ban of higher value notes move during early November, that helped to gain confidence from the ruptures created by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Benerjee, threatening to lead all-party agitation against this move.

It may be recalled that Rao was the first non-NDA Chief Minister who supported the move and later he was followed by Nitish Kumar and Naveen Patnayak. Since then for few months, both Modi and Rao were seen in a comfortable zone exchanging smiley pleasantries. However, this honeymoon seemed to be short lived. Rao had clearly indicated that his intention to support Modi was to gain liberal assistance from the Centre for the development of the state.

But, the TRS government in Telangana seems to be restless nowadays with the empty support from the Centre for several flagship programmes of the government. Government's impatience towards the Centre was exposed in the Telangaan Assembly on Wednesday, when Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy said that the state has not derived any benefit by joining the `Udaya' scheme launched by the Central government. He also alleged that the BJP members were making false allegations that the TRS government had suffered financially only because it had delayed joining the scheme. He made it clear that "we have not benefited in any way by joining the Udaya scheme. The Discoms are burdened with losses of Rs 11,000 crore besides another Rs 7,000 crore in power purchase dues.

He further said that before joining the scheme, the state had requested the Centre to either bear the losses or clear the power purchase dues, but the Centre did not come forward. Wondering what was the use of joining the scheme, Reddy said, "The Centre is not doing us any favour. We are selling our own state bonds to the Reserve Bank of India and getting Rs 12,000 crore." Maintaining that the State was only getting what was due to it and nothing more, Reddy dared the BJP leaders to get back the seven mandals of Khammam district which were merged with neighbouring Andhra Pradesh during the bifurcation exercise.

BJP members stalled the Assembly proceedings for nearly 20 minutes objecting to the 'sarcastic' remarks made by Jagdish Reddy against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They demanded an unconditional apology from the minister. Meanwhile, on the same day, the Special Representative of the Telangana State government in New Delhi, S Venugopala Chary criticised Centre's reluctance in extending a helping hand to the State for its development. Accusing that the Centre did not heed to the pleas for speeding up implementation of pending demands, he deplored that even the division of the High Court following the bifurcation of the state had not been completed despite repeated requests. He alleged that the state had not been sanctioned an IIM and no funds had been released to the Horticulture University which is to come up in the state.

Similarly, division of the assets as mentioned in the AP Reorganisation Act, 2014, under Section 9 and Section 10, had not taken place so far, he bemoaned. He criticised the Centre for not incorporating the recommendations of NITI Aayog to grant funds for Mission Bhagiratha and Mission Kakatiya in the Budgetary provisions.

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