Reddy warns of terror in divided Andhra

The Telangana Bill will be sent to the Andhra Pradesh assembly on November 27 for a resolution.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi/hyderabad | Published:November 19, 2013 3:19 am

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy Monday gave the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana a number of reasons why the state shouldn’t be bifurcated — it would lead to the possible return of Naxals,besides po-wer shortage,unemployment and water-sharing problems.

“I gave my views that there is a possibility that Naxals might return to Andhra as well as Telangana because of small and weak governments,” Reddy said later. “There is a danger that Hyderabad may be targeted (by terrorists) if we drop our guard. Communal unrest is also a possibility.”

The Telangana Bill will be sent to the Andhra Pradesh assembly on November 27 for a resolution. Reddy stressed before the GoM that dividing the state was like creating a bigger problem to solve a smaller problem. The CM presented his views on all the 11 terms of references given to the GoM,which completed its consultations with parties and leaders from Andhra Pradesh today.

Reddy is learnt to have hinted that if the Congress and the Centre go ahead with bifurcation,he and other Congress leaders of the Seeman-dhra region could part ways with the Congress. The CM told the GoM water sharing will became a major problem especially for Seemandhra. “Either there will be no water in the dams and irrigation projects,or if there is a flood,some cities like Vijayawada will be inundated. If there is a flood in either Krishna or Godavari,it will become very difficult for two separate states to coordinate with Central Water Commission and other agencies and regulate the release. I said all this at the GoM,” he said.

“Thousands of students from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema go to Hyderabad for higher education. Where will they all go to study if the state is divided like this?” the CM asked. “The only solution to solving a problem is to get a solution,not creating a bigger problem. Division will create bigger problems for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,” he said,and sought a financial package of Rs 1 lakh crore to Telangana rather than dividing the state.

Union ministers from Telangana as well as Seemandhra,too,submitted their responses separately to the GoM. The Union ministers from Seemandhra,many of whom had submitted their resignations to the PM in protest against the bifurcation,demanded that Hyderabad be made a UT,signalling they have now reconciled to the division. The Union ministers from Telangana,in contrast,stressed the new state will be incomplete without Hyderabad.

“Hyderabad should be made a Union Territory,” said Minister of State for Finance J D Seelam,who is from Seemandhra. His colleague Jaipal Reddy stressed Hyderabad is part of Telangana. Union Minister for Tribal Welfare V Kishore Chandra Deo,however,urged the GoM to make Visakapatanam the capital of Coastal Andhra Pradesh.

SC refuses to admit Third PIL

The Supreme Court refused on Monday to entertain a third PIL against the Cabinet decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. A bench of Justices H L Dattu and Madan B Lokur termed the PIL “premature”,pointing out that the proposal was yet to get Parliament nod. The judges said a legal challenge could not survive at this stage. ENS

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