Apprehensions regarding threat to investments, assets, livelihood and jobs of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema people are irrational, says Kodandaram

The Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) has said it will oppose all attempts to convert Hyderabad into a permanent joint capital and suggested that the city should be made a common capital only for a period of three years.

In its 135-page report e-mailed to the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Friday night, TJAC dwelt at length 11 core issues including the contentious one on Hyderabad.

TJAC chairman M. Kodandaram told mediapersons on Saturday that they had requested the GoM to delegate complete powers to the State of Telangana on all resources within its territory, including Hyderabad. Any restrictions on resources would not be acceptable to the people of Telangana, he said.

On the need to adequately address the apprehensions of the Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema people and others who settled in Hyderabad with regard to their investments, properties, livelihood and employment, the TJAC report said the fears were irrational. Thus the demand for provision of more than ordinary protection under the Constitution and the law of the land were uncalled for.

“The concern is only with regard to Hyderabad as a common capital and does not extend to outlying areas of greater Hyderabad and other settler concentrations in Ranga Reddy, Warangal, Nizamabad and Khammam districts. There has been no threat to the lives and liberties of Seemandhra people and they have no cause for anxiety now,” the TJAC says in its report.

On private investments in Hyderabad, the TJAC says it is not a new development that has taken place after the formation of Andhra Pradesh. “Hyderabad has always been the hub of economic activity for ages, attracting investments from all parts of the country. Investors have come and settled here much before the formation of AP and the trend continued even after the formation of AP,” the report says. Further, the report says the argument that the city of Hyderabad owes its premier position to the contribution of Seemandhra region is fallacious.