The Congress seems to be under the misconception that it understands the Telangana issue well enough to disregard Seemandhra’s opposition to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh (“UPA in last-ditch bid on T-Bill”, Feb, 10). Who is Digvijaya Singh to decide that the reservations of Kiran Kumar Reddy do not count? Does P. Chidambaram, Sonia Gandhi or any other reigning bigwig comprehend the people’s real sentiments?
The contention of Kiran Kumar Reddy is that both Telangana and Seemandhra will, according to his calculations, be disadvantaged by the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. But he and Seemandhra leaders must understand that while the bifurcation might have immediate repercussions, it will leave behind long-term benefits for both regions, level the playing field and bring an end to the lopsided development that the undivided State has been witnessing for decades now. One hopes that the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party will pass this Bill without any further hiccups.
K. Vinaya Kumar,
BJP leaders and the party unit in Andhra Pradesh have, since 2009, purported to support the Telangana cause; Sushma Swaraj even exhorted the government to place the T-Bill before Parliament. Now, it appears, the party has changed its colours. Its act of withholding its stance is a dubious one, and its demand for protection to Seemandhra’s interests seems to be merely a clever ploy to stall for as long as possible the formation of the new State.