The YSR Congress has demanded that the Centre spell out its stand first, convene a meeting of stakeholders and a take a decision acceptable to all parties if bifurcation of the State is inevitable.
In a letter to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, four legislators of YSRC said they were writing with shock and surprise on Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s statement and the decision of the Congress Core Committee to put the issue of bifurcation before the Congress Working Committee.
They recalled that YSRC leaders M.V. Mysura Reddy and K.K. Mahender Reddy, at the all-party meeting held by Mr. Shinde on December 28 last, had stated that the Congress party which was in power at the Centre and in the State should first spell out its stand. Then the Centre should put forth its stand before the people and political parties and discuss the issue threadbare if a split was inevitable.
They said while the Congress leaders were still speaking in many voices, the UPA government was maintaining a stoic silence. It did not tell until now whether a separate State would be carved out or not.
“Without going through the process, if leaders in responsible positions announce that the discussions are over and it is time for a decision, it shows their lack of sincerity and insensitivity to the issue.”
They said that no region should suffer due to any unilateral decision. “Handling the issue in a haphazard and authoritarian manner for political gains is not good for parliamentary democracy,” they added.