‘Respect democratic traditions by involving all stakeholders’
The Communist Party of India has demanded that Telangana State be created without further delay. The party has made it clear that Hyderabad should not be Centrally administered, as was being proposed, because of its geographical location.
“Even now people doubt the intentions of the Congress. This time if people are betrayed, your party’s credibility will be questioned. There will be more and renewed, militant agitations which may be difficult to suppress,’’ CPI general secretary S. Sudhakar Reddy, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, has said.
Quoting media reports that suggest that a decision on Telangana is on the agenda and might be taken by the month-end or by the first week of August, Mr. Reddy has said Hyderabad should be declared the capital of Telangana without diluting its status as a Centrally administered city on the lines of Chandigarh.
Chandigarh is located exactly between Punjab and Haryana while Hyderabad is in the heart of Telangana, Mr. Reddy said, adding that there should be a meeting of all parties of Andhra and Rayalaseema separately to discuss the problem of the new capital’s assets and liabilities
Advocating against entertaining Rayala-Telangana, Mr. Reddy said the proposal was not feasible. Telangana State should be carved out with 10 districts, he said.
“As the Congress Working Committee’s decision is very crucial, we do not question your right. But before or after the recommendation is made by the CWC it is necessary that the government should consult all political parties who supported statehood for Telangana and the political Joint Action Committee which is spearheading the agitation.’’ From 1955, all the agreements/assurances on Telangana are signed by Congress leaders of Andhra Rayalaseema and Telangana, as if no other political party was involved. When these assurances were not implemented, there was no mechanism and accountability and when people took to the streets, their protests were suppressed resulting in violence.
“We are in a democratic set-up. Please respect democratic traditions. The credit for giving Telangana can be claimed by the Indian National Congress but processes should involve all stakeholders.’’