Senior Congress leaders Uttam Kumar Reddy, Jana Reddy, Shabbir Ali, V. Hanumantha Rao and others participated in the dharna.
Speaking on the occasion, Hanumantha Rao said KCR’s plans to shift Secretariat and Assembly were nothing but a “Tughlukian” move. Instead of fulfilling his election promises to the people, the Chief Minister was splurging the government funds and denting the treasury for his personal popularity, he charged. Stoutly opposing the plans to construct a new Secretariat at the Bison Polo Grounds, the former Rajya Sabha member pointed out that Secunderbad area has already become very congested and the nearby roads are choked with numerous traffic-related problems. Since Amaravathi is the new capital of the neighboring State of Andhra Pradesh, it has become imperative for the new State to build a new Secretariat. When the Secretariat of the Telangana State is already functioning, where was the need for going for a new Secretariat by wasting public funds, he asked.
Leader of the Opposition in the Council, Shabbir Ali accused the Chief Minister of behaving like a medieval king. What right he has to waste public money for his whims and fancies, he questioned and pointed out that the State Government had already debt-ridden to the tune of Rs 73,000 crore.
Observing that the Congress party was not against the State Government acquiring the Bison Polo Grounds from the Defence authorities, the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly K. Jana Reddy said they were only opposing the idea of constructing a new Secretariat at the grounds. The government cannot indulge in wasting public funds for superstitious belief like Vaasthu. The Bison Polo Grounds should be instead utilized for other public facilities, he observed.