Seemandhra Congress leaders hopeful that the Centre will play fair

The services of experts from the Telangana and Seemandhra regions have been requisitioned by Congress leaders from the respective regions to fine tune reports they plan to present to the Group of Ministers on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

With the Ministry of Home Affairs inviting feedback on the terms of reference of the GoM constituted to address all the issues that need resolution at the Central and State government levels, experts are busy giving finishing touches to their reports on a range of issues like revenue, finance, power, water sharing and the status of Hyderabad.

Sub-committees

According to PCC spokesperson B. Kamalakar Rao, eight sub-committees had been constituted in Telangana to prepare subject-wise reports. “We are all meeting tomorrow to take a look at the draft reports and seek an appointment with the GoM to present the reports. These will also be given to the political parties to support their cause,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Seemandhra Congress Coordination Committee is holding a meeting on Thursday at Ministers Club House to discuss issues that they need to raise before the GoM. Minister for Primary Education S. Sailajanath told reporters, “We are hopeful that the Centre will not completely ignore our concerns and go one-sided in dividing the State. We are committed to fighting till the last to keep the State united,” he said.

Minister for Tribal Welfare P.Balaraju said that the signals emanating from the Centre were very clear that bifurcation was a foregone conclusion. The main concern now is how to protect the interests of Seemandhra region.. Another Minister -- Kondru Murali Mohan -- said they would certainly defeat the resolution on division. “Our act should not be construed as anti-party activity. We will continue to be part of the Congress,” he said.