This is the only way by which the government can be made to fall in line, say speakers at the meeting organised in Vizag

Speakers at the Visakha Samaikya Garjana organised by the Non-Political JAC at Ramakrishna Beach here on Saturday underlined the need to keep the State united and teach a lesson to all those who were trying to create a rift among Telugus. They demanded resignation of MPs from Seemandhra to create political instability and make the government fall in line.

AP NGOs Association general secretary N. Chandrasekhar Reddy said that Mr. Ashok Babu could not turn up for the meeting as he returned to Hyderabad from Vijayawada as he was summoned by the High Court.

Wrong statistics

Mr. Reddy alleged that the Telangana leaders were giving wrong statistics and painting Seemandhra people as cornering the benefits in Hyderabad while it was the other way round. “We are taking coal from Telangana but sending over 50 per cent of the power generated to Hyderabad. While Visakhapatnam was chosen for setting up of an IIT, it was taken away to Hyderabad. But we did not protest as Hyderabad is in our State. Central government organisations, educational institutes of national importance were set up in the State capital and other regions neglected,” he said and felt that the only way to bring the government on its knees was for Seemandhra MPs to resign without further delay.

‘Black day’

Visakhapatnam Bar Association president N.V. Badarinath described July 30 as a ‘Black day’ not only for Andhra Pradesh but also for India. The bifurcation decision by the Congress Working Committee (CWC) had resulted in animosity among Telugus and it would lead to similar demands from other parts of the country. “The Samaikhyandhra agitation has turned into a people’s movement due to the failure of politicians. Even now the people’s representatives are trying to cheat people by issuing press statements that they stand for united Andhra Pradesh but are not telling their party high command in Delhi the same.”

Ruckus over banner

He demanded that all the people’s representatives, irrespective of party affiliation, should unite for the cause of keeping the State united and inform their party leadership of their decision. All the JACs would support them in this regard. The other option was to resign immediately and create political instability forcing the government to reverse its decision.

AP NGOs district president K. Eswara Rao said that the cooperation of all sections of the people to the strike being organised by various JACs was an indication of their commitment to keep the State united. He demanded resignation of the MPs from Seemandhra immediately. Even as he was speaking, a section of the crowd demanded removal of the huge banner, atop an apartment complex, showing Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao hailing Samaikhyandhra Pradesh. They relented only after the banner was removed.

Panel’s options

Rushikonda IT Parks Association vice president O. Naresh Kumar recalled that the first option recommended by Justice Sri Krishna Committee, appointed by the government, was to keep the State united, the second was a package for development of Telangana and the last option was to divide the State only if people of the three regions agreed to it.

The Sri Krishna Commission had declared that Telangana was ‘not backward’. Even without Hyderabad, Telangana would be among the top 15 developed regions in the country. Mr. Naresh Kumar said that bifurcation would lead to ‘water wars’. Development of another capital was not easy and the Centre could not be trusted on allocation of funds, which happened in the case of Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Non-Political JAC chairman V. Bala Mohan Das demanded immediate reversal of the CWC decision on bifurcation, holding a referendum and going by the people’s decision, appointing a Second SRC and joint fight by all political parties in Seemandhra to keep the State united.

ITIRs in 3 regions sought

Rushikonda IT Parks Association president Vishnu Kumar Raju demanded that the funds announced for setting up of Information Technology Investment Region (ITIR) should be used to develop such ITIRs in all three regions in the State and not Hyderabad alone.

Muslim JAC leader I.H. Farooqui said that Wakf lands in the city were sold to develop the Haj House in Hyderabad.

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