Seemandhra Ministers, Sonia Gandhi draw flak
Andhra Pradesh Muslim Council leaders on Thursday called upon Muslim minorities to take active part in the anti-bifurcation agitation after celebrating Ramzan festival.
The APMC meeting held in Asthan-e-Shahmiria mosque in Ravindranagar here decided to picket all the State and Central government offices and formed an action committee for the purpose. The intensive Samaikyandhra movement was apolitical, Congress MLC Shaik Hussain remarked. He criticised Ministers from Seemandhra who were reluctant to quit their Cabinet berths and dancing to the tunes of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
APMC working president P. Khasim Khan, who is Congress in-charge for Hindupur Parliamentary constituency, said Muslims would lose social security if the State was bifurcated and Hyderabad was included in Telangana. Bifurcation would result in river water disputes and farmers of different districts would be at loggerheads with each other, Mr. Khan said. He recalled the difficulties posed when Pothireddipadu head regulator was widened to draw flood water.
Congress leaders lost the people's confidence by mortgaging the self-respect of the people of Rayalaseema to Ms. Gandhi, Mr. Khasim Khan alleged.
Seemandhra's contribution to development of Hyderabad was nearly 70 per cent and hence Hyderabad should be made joint capital if the State was divided.
Telugu Desam Party State Minority Cell president Ameer Babu said separatist demands were strong only in two districts in Telangana, while the rest were in favour of a united State. The Congress, TDP, BJP and YSR Congress should be equally blamed for the bifurcation, Mr. Ameer Babu said.
Kadapa City Congress president Nazeer Ahmed said Ms. Gandhi was being flayed although all parties were responsible for the bifurcation. He said the Centre would budge if the Central government offices such as AIR, Railways and post offices were besieged, but not by merely staging rallies, he said.
APCC secretary S. Mohiuddin Saheb, Asthan-e-Shahmiria Peethadhipathi Ahmed Peer, Syed Salauddin and others spoke.