In a bid to assuage anti-division tempers in Seemandhra, where the Congress is staring at an electoral loss, Sonia Gandhi has asked party leaders from Telangana to reach out to the people of residual Andhra Pradesh.
While the Congress president extended an olive branch to the Seemandhra people the Congress’ rivals continued to attack Gandhi. YSR Congress chief Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy said he would meet President Pranab Mukherjee over the issue. “When we talk about a tyrant, we remember Hitler. The way Andhra Pradesh has been split, Sonia Gandhi too will be remembered as a tyrant,” he alleged.
Meanwhile, Sonia met leaders from the Telangana region.
She is learnt to have told them that now it is the turn of the people of Telangana to ensure that no injustice is done to the people from the Seemandhra. While the TRS kept the Congress guessing about its merger with it, Telangana leaders hoped the political development was in the offing.
BJP takes credit for special status to Seemandhra
The BJP on Friday sought to take credit for having ensured justice to the people of Seemandhra region even as it supported Telangana’s statehood in Parliament.
“It was because of the initiative by the BJP that we were able to achieve some amount of justice to Seemandhra,” former BJP president Venkaiah Naidu said.
The BJP highlighted that it used its “balance of power” position in Parliament to exact justice for Seemandhra region. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said, “On the floor of the RS we were able to extract from the government the commitment that Seemandhra would get a special category status for five years, investments in Seemandhra would attract tax incentives on the lines made available to other states….”
Former Apple executive and Dwarka MLA Adarsh Shastri has also been included in the spokespersons’ list.