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‘Congress wanted to create Telangana without hurting Seemandhra people’

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Union Minister Jairam Ramesh speaking at a press conference in Kurnool on Wednesday.PHOTO:U.SUBRAMANYAM
Union Minister Jairam Ramesh speaking at a press conference in Kurnool on Wednesday.PHOTO:U.SUBRAMANYAM

Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh has said the Congress wanted to create Telengana State without hurting Seemandhra people and the hefty package was an outcome of the party’s policy.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, Mr. Ramesh said he would be an uncompromising advocate of Seemandhra people in Rajya Sabha as he had two more years to go as MP of Seemandhra.

Considering the mood of the people of Anantapur and Kurnool, he tried to push the agenda of Rayala Telengana but the antagonism of Telangana leaders to admitting the two districts and opposition of Kapada and Chittoor districts to division of the region were serious impediments. The bundles of resolution were still lying in his office, he said.

Package

Mr. Jairam said Kurnool figured among the probable places for capital status considering its status as former capital of Andhra State in 1953. The expert panel would give its recommendations on the capital by September 30.

The package for Seemandhra, includes completion of all four irrigation projects in Rayalaseema, special package for backward areas with an outlay of Rs 11,000 crore to Rs 12,000 crore, establishment of IIT, AIIMS, Tribal University, Central University, Petroleum University and IT University.

The new industries would have tax concession for 10 years in backward areas of both States.

The package would cover agriculture, irrigation, industry and power. A new Railway zone would be set up for Seemandhra and a new steel plant would be set up in Kadapa district.

Mr. Jairam Ramesh was critical of the YSRC saying the party if elected would have a chief minister who would be on bail. On the other hand, the vote for TDP would also be a vote for Narendra Modi. It was the people of Seemandhra to decide whether they wanted a communal colour or corrupt system or the Congress which was wedded to social justice.

He hoped that the Congress would get a respectable politically significant vote share in Seemandhra. DCC president B.Y. Ramaiah was also present.


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