The BJP has demanded that the Centre announce a specific timeframe for completion of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and faulted it for seeking views of political parties without coming out with its own report on the issue.
Both the BJP and CPI, whose leaders had separate interactions with the Group of Ministers (GoM) here on Tuesday asked the Congress to prove its sincerity on creation of Telangana State by ensuring that the Bill on bifurcation was passed in the winter session of Parliament. While noting that the Centre was firm on dividing the State, they wanted it to address the concerns of Seemandhra region. BJP representatives – G. Kishan Reddy and K. Haribabu – submitted a letter to the GoM reiterating their party’s commitment to creation of Telangana with 10 districts and Hyderabad as its capital.
The Centre should address the concerns of Seemandhra region on crucial issues like river water sharing and safety of Seemandhra residents in Hyderabad. While seeking a timeframe for completion of bifurcation, Mr. Kishan Reddy wanted the Centre to come out with a comprehensive report on division and hold consultations with national parties. “Without coming out with its report on bifurcation, how is it justified for them to seek our views?" he asked.
It is learnt that they sought relevant information on the revenue sharing and other aspects, but the GoM expressed its inability as the data was not readily available with it and efforts were under way to get more statistics.
CPI State secretary K. Narayana and senior leader Jalli Wilson said they would not accept anything short of Telangana with 10 districts. They wanted an expert committee to look after the legal and administrative matters while a special mechanism should be set up to maintain law and order.
The CPI wanted a joint board to oversee river water sharing while exclusive boards for Rayalaseema and north coastal Andhra should be set up. Regional development councils should be set up for backward regions and special funds allocated to backward districts of Mahabubnagar, Anantapur, Nalgonda, Adilabad, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Prakasam.
The party favoured equitable distribution of gas, coal and oil for power generation and upgrading of existing power plants to 4,000 MW capacity in bid to overcome electricity shortage.
An expert committee should be formed to resolve issues relating to distribution of assets, liabilities, public finances and public corporations.
Mr. Narayana said it would have been better for the Centre to have invited all parties at a time to discuss the issue.