NEW DELHI: Differences in the Congress over Polavaram issue came to fore today with party MPs from Telangana interrupting the speech of Jairam Ramesh while another claiming the former Environment Minister had not consulted local MPs while studying the project.
"Our Jairam Ramesh says that he has met everyone but we don't know in which village and where. He goes to every district but does not inform the MPs. I am speaking with an open heart," said Congress MP from Telangana V Hanumantha Rao.
"He is our MP, our minister but he does not call anyone, works alone and submits his report," Rao added while speaking in the Rajya Sabha.
He requested Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit the area and witness the plight of the tribals in the area.
Earlier, Ramesh's speech in Rajya Sabha was repeatedly interrupted by other MPs including his party colleagues from Telangana.
Ramesh spoke in favour of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, which paves way for the Polavaram project in Andhra Pradesh by merging some villages and mandals of Telangana with Seemandhra, amid opposition from his party colleagues V Hanumantha Rao and Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu as also TRS member K Keshava Rao.
Taking strong objection to it, Ramesh said, "I do not need sermons from my colleagues from Telangana. This decision was taken in difficult circumstances. Please remember, the issue of Hyderabad was a litmus test for Telangana. For Andhra Pradesh, this project is an emotional issue."
Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar later said the Congress has been "exposed" in Rajya Sabha even during the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill when Congress members opposed Jairam Ramesh.