Andhra Pradesh should not be divided: Farooq Abdullah

Abdullah said the demand for a separate state was there even when Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister but it was 'handled and kept under cover'.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:February 10, 2014 2:27 pm
Farooq Abdullah said that if people do not want the state to be divided,  government should refrain from the division. (PTI) Farooq Abdullah said that if people do not want the state to be divided, government should refrain from the division. (PTI)

In a major embarrassment to the UPA government, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah on Monday spoke against its decision to divide Andhra Pradesh and create Telangana, saying, the state should not be divided when its people do not want it.

“I think it (the issue of Telangana) has gone out of gear, terribly out of gear. You have seen 70-80 per cent of people do no want division, yet a division is taking place….The people of the state do not want division. We should not divide,” he told reporters as the Parliament was adjourned today once again over the issue.

When told that the Cabinet, of which he is a member, had approved the division of the state, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy said he did not attend that meeting as he was away in Jammu for an event.

Abdullah said the demand for the separate state has been there since the time Jawaharlal Nehru was the Prime Minister but it was “handled and kept under cover”.

MPs supporting the creation of a separate Telangana state and those against it have been creating uproar in the Parliament and stalling proceedings. The government has cleared the bill for the creation of Telangana.

As soon as the Lok Sabha proceedings began, supporters and opponents of separate Telangana rushed to the Well raising slogans.

In the Rajya Sabha, there was ruckus over Telangana and other issues with slogan-shouting TDP, DMK and AIADMK members trooping to the Well leading to two adjournments, including one as soon as the House proceedings began.

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    Hyderabadi
    Feb 10, 2014 at 8:27 pm
    Thank GOD atleast there is one sane person outhere.
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      Mohamed Iqbal
      Feb 10, 2014 at 10:19 am
      Good. Now also integrate j&k with the rest of the country instead of keeping it as a special administrative region(s article 370 or whatever) if you are so bothered about national integrity.
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        Mohammed Khader
        Feb 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm
        Frooqyou are stupid,what you know about Telengana, shut your mouth.
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          Mohammed Khader
          Feb 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm
          Frooqyou are stupid,what you know about Telengana, shut your mouth.
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            Mahi Kumari
            Feb 10, 2014 at 10:24 am
            Telangana problem has gone terribly out of gear. If people of a state don't want the division of the state, and the state embly has rejected it, then Congress and BJP should not go ahead with it in Parliament.
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              Mahi Kumari
              Feb 10, 2014 at 10:25 am
              The Rajnath's Bhartiya Janta Party's support for Telangana bills might come at the cost of a series of anti-corruption bills that were also lined up for this short session, the last before the national election, due by May. The BJP had described these bills as "Rahul hi's poll agenda." On Telangana BJP is playing dirty politics.
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                Mahi Kumari
                Feb 10, 2014 at 10:25 am
                The Manmohan's cabinet last week accepted some of the demands of CM Kiran Kumar Reddy and other politicians opposed to Telangana, but did not agree to designate the IT hub of Hyderabad a union territory. It will be a shared capital for the next 10 years between the old and new state but its revenue is unlikely to be divided.
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                  Mahi Kumari
                  Feb 10, 2014 at 10:24 am
                  Whatever may be their political affiliations, supporters of Telangana bill and Undivided Andhra Pradesh must sit together to find a middle path. YSR Congress's Jaganmohan Ready met Mamta Banerjee to seek her support for a united Andhra Pradesh. It is a fact that demand for creation of separate Telangana state can not be put off for indefinite period. We have to solve this long standing problem by considering all point of views.
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