The CPI State secretary K. Narayana termed the recent meeting of Congress and Telangana leaders to sort out the long-pending Telangana issue in New Delhi a ‘big political farce’.
Addressing a press conference in Vijayawada on Tuesday, he went ahead to compare the Telangana issue to match fixing in a cricket match.
In a metaphorical expression, he called Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy a good batsman and Deputy CM Damodar Raja Narasimha a good bowler. “They both know how to balance the game, as there is a tacit understanding, and in the middle, the innocent people of the State are being treated as the leather ball, as they are being belted for no fault of theirs. And in the match fixing we also have cheerleaders such as Botcha Satyanarayana and K. Parthasarathy.” he said.
The CPI leader pointed out to the media that technically, the bifurcation was done long ago, when the leaders talked of Coastal and Rayala region, so why dilly dally the issue, he questioned. “In the process of delaying, the State is losing big time on all fronts. A recent estimate by a survey company indicated that the State has lost about Rs. 25,000 crores in the form of college fees, as many of the students moved to other states for their academic pursuits due to the uncertain political climate that prevails in the State,” he noted.
Taking a dig at the Chief Minister’s much-hyped rehab package, he said, the people have lost faith in rehab and development packages.
“Kiran Kumar Reddy or for that matter the Congress party should have come up with the Rs. 11 lakh odd rehab package for Telangana in 2001. It is too late now. The only solution is bifurcation and leaders should accept and come clear and clean on the issue,” he said. He alleged that most of the Congress party leaders are playing the ‘Cat on the wall’ game’.
“Leaders like K. Parthasarathy have never expressed their decision in a clear cut manner but at the same time they never shied away when it came to the capital issue.