Sonia writes to Modi, wants UPA govt commitments to Seemandhra fulfilled

Congress has been taking credit for the creation of separate state of Telangana and arguing that it was a commitment made by Sonia Gandhi.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:June 4, 2014 1:33 am

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to implement the commitments made by the previous UPA government to Seemandhra, including the grant of special category status to it and facilitating execution of the Polavaram multi-purpose irrigation project.

In her first official communication to Modi, a week after he assumed office, Sonia extended her party’s cooperation in fulfilling the commitments made to the new state, the groundwork for which had been done by the previous government.

Addressing Modi as “Dear Prime Minister”, she pointed out that the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 “contains various investment and other commitments” by the Government of India in the successor state of Andhra Pradesh. The then Prime Minister and the then Home Minister, she said, had also made certain further commitments in the Rajya Sabha on which the Cabinet had taken certain decisions.

“The groundwork for many of them, like in the area of water resources, grant of special category status and facilitating the Polavaram project had already been laid by the erstwhile UPA government. I do hope that your administration will build on what we had accomplished and take them forward,” Sonia said in the letter.

The Congress has been taking credit for the creation of separate state of Telangana and arguing that it was a commitment made by Sonia Gandhi. The party, however, had to face the brunt for the division in Seemandhra — where it drew a blank in both Lok Sabha and  Assembly elections. Sonia’s letter is seen as an attempt to send out a message to Seemandhra.

“As president of Indian National Congress whose coalition government drafted the Reorganisation Act and got it passed through Parliament, I assure you of our cooperation in ensuring that the commitments made to the people of the successor state of Andhra Pradesh are fulfilled both in letter and spirit,” the letter concludes.

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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:01 am
    I have very little knowledge but many cousins in the army and had many uncles in the army. I suppose that qualifies me to speak up. I remember my mother knitting sweaters for the soldiers during the China war, saying another woman must be knitting for her brother in law, nephews etc. I think we must not forget our defence personnel during the debate.
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:01 am
    I think we should include those who are soldiers or those whose family members are in the defence services. Should we allow our fighter pilots to drop from the sky like bags of potatoes till the debate ends in a few decades?
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:00 am
    If a government decides on an important issue like 100% FDI in defence without any debate even before the full parliament is sworn in, based on the arrogance of absolute majority it is anything but good governance... the w country should be seriously concerned..
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:01 am
    In India, gang raping an innocent girl is a way to show power over the powerless — and because you are powerful with your ability to torture, beat and rape an innocent, powerless girl, you are enled to do it, and many others do it all the time and because most of them always remain above the law, you are above the law too.
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:01 am
    Just in six days, five gang rapes and murders of young, village girls happened only in one state of India. The news shocked us again to the core of our heart. They reminded us one more time that liberals’ candle light vigils, politicians fiery rhetoric, or even Indian court’s amended, harsher laws would do nothing to stop the relentless horror against women there.
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:01 am
    Not that one rape is more barbaric than the other. Not that a New Delhi girl’s gang rape and murder that shocked the world in December, 2012 was any different from so many other rapes and tortures that happen in India — on a daily basis.
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:00 am
    One should debate and debate, but to go on debating indefinitely while our soldiers have poor and outdated equipment is just a little bit unjust to our soldiers. True, they have vowed to lay down their lives for the country but in return the country owes them decent gear.
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 4, 2014 at 8:01 am
    Something is seriously wrong in India. No, don’t tell me it’s Hinduism or its caste system, and all that rubbish. I don’t have time for it. Why? Because last week, two village girls — cousins from the lower-caste Yadavs — were gang raped, murdered, and then hanged from a tree, by criminals from their own Yadav caste.
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