The TRS MPs have decided to stall the Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 in both Houses of Parliament.
Party MP Venkatesh Netakani, representing Peddapalle in the Lok Sabha, said that the party would stall the bill at any cost as it was against the interests of the state.
CM K Chandrashekar Rao had written long back to the PM to withdraw the proposed amendments to Electricity Act of 2003.
"The proposed Electricity Amendment Bill takes away certain functions/powers of the State Government. The provision to appoint a State Electricity Regulatory Commission by a selection committee constituted by the Government of India and entrusting the responsibilities to neighbouring State Electricity Regulatory Commissions under certain circumstances is hitting on the core of the Federal Polity, which is enshrined in the Constitution. Just that a particular subject is in the concurrent list of the Constitution does not mean that the Government of India / Parliament will enact laws which have a direct and major influence on the functioning of the State Government. We strongly oppose such a tendency (sic)," Rao had said in the June 2020 letter.
Netakani also said that the TRS MPs would fight for release of the GST arrears to the state, and dared the BJP MPs to join them if they really had any commitment towards the state.
Specifically targeting Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy, Netakani alleged that the union minister and the BJP MPs were misleading the people of the state over the development of the state.
He asked the minister how many jobs the union government would give to the unemployed youth of the state in the Ramagundam fertilizers corporation. He reminded the minister that the state government had a 11% stake in the corporation.
He also demanded that the central government protect Veerlupally and Lakshmipuram villages that would be polluted due to the corporation.