Devineni Uma says people in Krishna delta and Prasakam district will not get water if the State is divided

TDP leader Devineni Umamaheswara Rao on Monday demanded that the Union Ministers and Congress MPs from the Seemandhra region resign from their posts and ensure that the same was accepted by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, to prevent division of the State.

He told a press conference here that with Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram making clear the UPA's intention in Parliament to prepare the Cabinet note on Telangana formation only the Union Ministers and MPs from Seemandhra could prevent the bifurcation of the State by putting in their papers.

Only by taking this step they could change the mind of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who was keen on going to the polls after getting the Food Security bill passed in Parliament, he felt.

The Congress party's decision on Telangana was only to divert the nation's attention from the series of scams that had come to the light during the UPA II regime, by provoking nationwide stirs for formation of as many as 21 new States, he felt. It was unfortunate that personnel of the paramilitary forces including the Border Security Force who should be guarding the Sino-India border, were used to suppress the spontaneous stir by integrationists, he added.

Water woes

He feared that people in the Krishna delta as also Prakasam district would not get irrigation and drinking water if the State was divided.