HYDERABAD: After a brief lull, the Andhra Pradesh government has decided to renew its fight against its Telangana counterpart on contentious matters such as AP’s share in the institutes listed in Schedule X of the AP Reorganisation Act and alleged phone tapping issue.
This time, AP Ministers will take up the issues with President Pranab Mukherjee, who is in Hyderabad as part of his customary southern sojourn. A day after President’s elderly advice to both States to live in harmony, AP Cabinet, which met here on Saturday, resolved to lodge a formal complaint over all these matters with the President.
Sources said Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who chaired the Cabinet meeting that lasted more than six hours, asked his colleagues to complain to the President against the alleged phone tapping issue.
Naidu reportedly directed his colleagues to submit a detailed memorandum to the President over how injustice was meted out to the reorganised State on issues like sharing of employees, assets, river waters and institutes that are listed in Schedule IX and X of the AP Reorganisation Act.
“We have decided to take up the phone tapping matter with the President,” Social Welfare Minister R Kishore Babu said. Sources said AP ministers already sought an appointment with the President. Asked whether they would plead with the President to ensure that Section 8 is invoked, Labour Minister Atchannaidu said, “It is the responsibility of Governor to implement Section 8, which is clearly specified in the AP Reorganisation Act.”