Kiran roots for united State at Rachabanda programmes in Anantapur, Chittoor

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy yet again pitched for united State while accusing the Centre of being unmindful of the loss that the people of the two regions will incur if the State is divided.

Speaking at a public meeting as part of the Rachabanda programme at Narpala mandal headquarters in Anantapur district, he said that the Centre should renege on its move to bifurcate the State and ensure that the State remains united for the good of all people including that of the Telangana region.

“Although I do not know the reasons behind the Central government being stubborn on bifurcation, we are leaving no stone unturned to influence them to stop the process of bifurcation. We are all for a united State,” Mr. Kiran Kumar Reddy said even as he urged the support of the people in his endeavour.

He argued that the people of Telangana would lose out on the usage of Krishna waters as the ‘residual’ State of Andhra Pradesh would garner the lower riparian rights to the excess waters in the Krishna basin leading to lakhs of acres in the Telangana district drying up.

Primary Education Minister S. Sailajanath also said that they were all working under the leadership of N. Kiran Kumar Reddy to stop the process of bifurcation .

Chittoor Staff Reporter adds: The Chief Minister also made a similar appeal to the Centre to keep the State united in the interests of Seemandhra and Telangana and farmers.

He was addressing an impressive gathering at the III phase of Rachabanda programme at V. Kota mandal headquarters, 36 km from Kuppam.

The Chief Minister said that in case of bifurcation, the worst affected would be the farmers of Telangana.

He observed that the bifurcation would lead to over 13 lakh acres of land turning barren in the two regions.

He deplored that huge water from Godavari and Krishna were draining into the sea. He insisted on the speedy grounding of the Polavaram and Dommagudem projects .

He observed that had the State of Andhra Pradesh not been formed in 1956 the mighty projects of Srisailam and Nagarjunasagar would not have been a reality. While constructing these dams, the farmers of Seemandhra and Telangana had lost thousands of acres of land in inundation.

The Chief Minister listed the ‘ill-effects’ of bifurcation and said that Telangana would be a major loser.

Over 2.5 lakh employees of both the regions will suffer if the State is divided and both regions would not get sufficient funds for development works.