Jairam Ramesh book: ‘Suicides, Opposition chorus led to Andhra division’

Ramesh says the expectation that TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao’s would merge his party in the Congress could also have encouraged the UPA to bifurcate the state.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 11, 2016 4:14 am
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The large number of suicides in demand of a separate Telangana state in 2011 and 2012, and increasing support for it amongst opposition parties, including BJP, could have been the main reason behind the 2013 decision of the UPA government to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, a new book has revealed.

The book Old History New Geography: Bifurcating Andhra Pradesh by former Union minister Jairam Ramesh gives an account of year-long debates and discussions leading up to the creation of a separate Telangana state in February 2014 after the government had decided to do it in July the previous year.

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Ramesh, who was part of a Group of Ministers constituted to create a legislation to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, says the all-important decision to create Telangana was probably taken at a meeting at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence in the last week of June 2013, a few days before the Congress party passed a resolution in this regard.

“That evening Prime Minister hosted Sonia Gandhi, A K Antony, Sushilkumar Shinde, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram, Ahmed Patel and Digvijaya Singh at his residence. This meeting clearly decided that Telangana would finally be created, which was later formalised by the CWC on July 30,” he says in the book.

Ramesh says he does not clearly know what had prompted the decision, since the government had been playing the waiting game till then. “It could well be that the large number of tragic suicides that took place during 2011 and 2012 to push for the creation of Telangana influenced the final decision… It could also be that with the BJP, TDP and YSR Congress giving letters in favour of the creation of Telangana, the Congress felt that its hands were strengthened to go ahead with the bifurcation,” he says.

Ramesh says the expectation that TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao’s would merge his party in the Congress could also have encouraged the UPA to bifurcate the state.

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  1. Jonnalagadda Achyutananda
    Jun 11, 2016 at 4:07 am
    Absolutely the congress was at fault for bifurcation in the last minute.they could have announced at least one and half year early so that proper bifurcation of ets and liabilities. All the ets concentrated around Hyderabad city andhra was left with no industry, including software industry. Kirankumar reddy conspired with centre and misled andhra region.ultimately congress last base in Telugu states and recovering congress is myth. Everybody's role is evident BJP role is also there for voting for bifurcation and andhra is at disadvantage.
    1. S
      Nov 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm
      telangana people join hands with their politicians and successfully cheated their brothers now i am not sure what they are achieving by doing this apart showing their really character to w india!
      1. N
        n chandra
        Jun 13, 2016 at 10:14 am
        i am surprised to see the comments of some of the readers. BJP is more responsible than Congress. Sushma Swaraj wants to become leader in Telangana. Jaganmohan Reddy wants bifurcation as he lost ground in Telangana. He must have got his partner Gali Janardhan Reddy to recommend his mother Sushmaji to support Telangana. In fact the division would have taken place by announcing 5 years in advance and start bifurcating the ets and liabilities, identifying/constructing new buildings etc., But congress has committed suicide by switching off lights in parliament, making their own party MPs beaten by other state goons etc., Ofcourse, most of the MPs elected from andhra are having their business interest. example -- kaavoori samba...a defaulter to banks. he has silently accepted then and joined BJP two years back to protect from action by Bankers.
        1. Varun Reddy
          Jun 11, 2016 at 6:33 pm
          telangana was merged forcefully without the consent of people and people started rebelling and in 1969 ,1 party got complete seats from 1 region who said i will fight for telangana formation and he joined congress and made people fools,and congress along with andhra lobby used issues for political gains and deteriorated irrigation and projects across telangana,this time again a party called TRS took strong hold for the formation of telangana and KCR who started that party made indian political system convinceed the emergent need for the formation of telangana and he succeded putting his life and his thoughts for telangana. people in telangana very well know only because of sonia telangana came and they also know congress people in telangana will sell telangaqna to lobbyists,if telangana people will trust anybody in BJP its only sushma swaraj,rajnath, rest of all are opportunists.
          1. Simukha Saatakarni
            Jun 11, 2016 at 4:31 am
            When India became India and Pak based on their backgrounds why not Andhra and Telgana?
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