Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who has taken a rigid stand on not allowing bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to form Telangana at any cost, has reportedly warned the Congress leadership that carving out a separate State might lead to aggravation of communalism and Naxalism in that region.
Presenting his views before the Congress Core Committee here on Friday, the CM is said to have pointed out the strength of “communal parties” – AIMIM and BJP – in the Telangana region and stated that some Telangana districts were once hotbeds of Naxalism. The party/government should not give any space for revival of Naxalism which had been kept under check after struggle by the State Government, he said and referred to the menace of Maoists in the newly carved States like Jharkhand and Chaatisgarh.
During the 30-minute power-point presentation made by him before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Mr. Reddy referred to the possible imbalance in food production as presently coastal Andhra produced more grain and even supplied it to the Telangana region. Even the security of those from Seemandhara settled in the Telangana region would be a problem so also the fate of government employees, if a new State was formed.
“Why should there be division when the State – Andhra Pradesh – was formed after a great struggle with then Madras presidency and erstwhile Nizam region, and the unity has been maintained till now,” he said and made a strong pitch for keeping united Andhra Pradesh come what may.