This refers to the report “Seemandhra still in the dark as talks fail” (Oct.9). Andhra Pradesh came into being due to the untiring efforts of stalwarts from both the regions of Telangana and Andhra realising their long cherished dreams. There was a gentleman’s agreement and the fallout is due to not implementing the same in right earnestness. It is an irony that the State came into being in 1956 and the Telangana protagonists have been claiming that they have been oppressed and deprived of their rights for the past six decades. How is this possible? Leaders from both regions seem to be antagonistic towards each other which is unwarranted. Is it not a fact that people from all the three regions have contributed more or less equally to the development of Hyderabad? No one can deny that Hyderabad is the fulcrum of Telangana. It is for the Centre to ensure that the apprehensions of the people of both regions are cleared by convening a meeting of all stakeholders. A little amount of magnanimity and sacrifice is needed from both sides to keep the State united.

Saahitya Maadhuri Vedula,

Visakhapatnam

It is the UPA that plotted the path of the missile and announced the separation of a united State in order to gain votes and support in the parliamentary election in 2014. The missile has now boomeranged on it. The option of “President’s Rule” is not the final solution, which can happen only through marathon negotiations. This is the time for the Prime Minister to prove that he is a statesman by heading to Andhra Pradesh and staying there till things can be sorted out. The use of Article 356 is totally unconstitutional. On what grounds can the Centre impose it?

Avadhoot Gorakhanath Shinde,

New Delhi

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