Congress MP from Anantapur Ananta Venkatarami Reddy has faulted the manner in which his leadership decided to bifurcate the State for “pure political reasons” without taking senior leaders including Union Ministers and MPs into confidence.
The growing feeling of insecurity among the people, particularly those in backward districts like Anantapur, has fuelled the agitation for keeping the State united and this will intensify further. “There was no effort made to take party MPs into confidence, leave the people, before embarking upon such an important step,” Mr. Reddy, a vocal supporter of united State, told The Hindu.
The leadership’s failure was reflected in the uncertainty prevailing over important issues like common capital and water resources, the second being of paramount interest to Anantapur.
“There is not a single instance when the party leadership called the MPs and Union Ministers to explain the situation. The net result is that the party will not win over the people whether it gives Telangana or not,” he said.
It was painful to see people criticising the Congress for approving bifurcation for “political gains” and coupled with its attempts to resort to “divide and rule” policy.
“There will now be a fight between Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions for locating the capital and other infrastructure in their respective areas,” he said.
While the Congress did not show sincerity in the way the issue has been handled, the other parties are trying to take political advantage out of the development. The party leadership was, however, not focussed on understanding why the agitation reached its peak nor was there any attempt to assuage the feelings of the people by promising packages that could mitigate the hardships in the backward districts.
He refuted the claims of pro-Telangana leaders that the Seemandhra leaders’ agitation was aimed at protecting their interests in and around Hyderabad.
“Barring a few like Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and Lagadapati Rajagopal, no MP or senior leader has any properties in the State Capital,” he said lamenting that the party leadership, however, appeared to go by the perception brought forth by Telangana leaders.
Asked why Seemandhra leaders maintained silence then the issue was put on the fast track, he said there were indications that the leadership was trying to rein in the pro-Telangana parties and outfits like political JAC and “we were asked to remain silent”.
No effort was made to take party MPs into confidence, leave alone people, says Anantapur MP