Hyderabad: TRS leadership today demanded that the Centre should procure paddy from Telangana State. The ruling party leaders asked the state BJP leaders to take up protests in Delhi instead of in Telangana districts.
Addressing a press conference at Telangana Bhavan in the city here, Rythu Bandhu Samithi president and MLC Palla Rajeshwar Reddy took exception to the Centre for denying to lift paddy stocks from the state.
The TRS leaders accused the BJP leaders of playing dramas in the name of dharnas at district collector offices in the state on the same issue. Rajeshwar Reddy hit out at the Centre and the BJP leadership in the state for double standards.
The TRS leader expressed surprise that the Centre led by the BJP Government was involved in double standards. While the Centre procures 100 percent paddy from Punjab state, it denies doing so from our state, he lamented. What for the Centre is refusing to take our stocks he asked. The BJP leaders in the state should take up protests in the national Capital instead of in Telangana districts, he suggested.
The Centre cannot disown its responsibility to take the paddy from our state, he said. It is not correct to ignore its constitutional duty to pick up stocks from the states, the TRS leader said. He said that the TRS leaders will participate in protest dharnas against this adamant attitude of the Centre in all districts and mandals on Nov 12.
If necessary TRS boss and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao will attend protests in Delhi, he said. The ministers, MLAs, MPs and other leaders will participate in paddy protests in the state.
He informed that the officials at mandals and villages are engaged in paddy procurement with all arrangements. So far 5.10 lakh MT paddy grains procured in 6663 purchase centers, he said. The Centre should procure the same otherwise TRS will start protests, he informed.