A people’s assembly conducted by Telangana Democratic Front (TDF) demanded several changes in the AP Reorganisation Bill as many provisions in it were against the interests of both Telangana and Seemandhra regions.

Representatives of several people’s organisations debated on the provisions of the Bill and adopted resolutions on issues concerning the two sides.

They would represent the concerns to the President in the form of resolutions and request him to direct the Union Cabinet to make necessary changes in the Bill, chairman of TDF T. Bellaiah Naik said.

Editor of Siasat daily, Zahid Ali Khan, former TRS leader V. Prakash, former Janashakti leader Chandranna, TJAC leaders V. Srinivas Goud and A. Dayakar, president of Andhra-Telangana JAC V. Srinivasa Rao were among others who participated in the debate moderated by M.A. Basith.

Major changes proposed by the meeting include naming of capital for residuary AP in the Bill itself, shifting of the Secretariat and Assembly within 90 days of passage of the Bill, withdrawal of common river water board and sharing of properties on the basis of pre-merger status.

Keeping Hyderabad as a common capital for 10 years would keep administration away from Seemandhra people, they felt.

As the common education system would lead to hatred between students of both States, the new universities proposed should be commenced from the next academic year itself.

On sharing of river waters, the meeting suggested that the common board covering Godavari would be detrimental to the interests of Seemandhra as it could create problems to Polavaram project. Sharing of employees should be requirement based and that of pensioners on the basis of their recruitment, they suggested.