Special Correspondent

Bifurcation threat seen as Telangana struggle intensifies

KADAPA: Telugu Desam Party leaders on Wednesday exhorted the party rank and file to gear up for a renewed agitation, when needed, as pro-Telangana forces had intensified their agitation and the threat of bifurcation of the State was yet to be blown over.

Sonia criticised

TDP MLC M. Venkatasiva Reddy, former MLC Putha Narasimha Reddy, State Minority Cell Chairman Ameer Babu and Kadapa Constituency in-charge Kandula Sivananda Reddy found fault with Congress president Sonia Gandhi alleging that her hasty decision to make a pro-Telangana announcement led to regional rifts and the prevailing unrest. However, Congress was yet to announce whether it favoured separate Telangana or ‘Samaikyandhra’ (United State), they said.

Resenting some Congress leaders’ criticism of party president N. Chandrababu Naidu, the TDP leaders asserted that Mr. Naidu would declare his stand after Ms. Sonia Gandhi made her stand clear.

The only welcome feature after Union Home Minister P. Chidamabaram’s second statement was that the offer to elicit opinions of the people, students and political parties.

Advocating a united Andhra Pradesh, they alleged that divisive forces were pressing for bifurcation of the State. Asserting that nearly 70 per cent of people in Telangana opposed bifurcation, they said Hyderabad was a separate State which extended over Telangana and Marathwada regions. Telanganites have no right to own Hyderabad as it was developed with investments from the three regions and budgetary allocations with the tax-payers’ money.

Administration in the State was at a standstill for the last three weeks and a mutually acceptable solution should be evolved, they said. TDP leaders S. Goverdhan Reddy, Redyam Venkatasuba Reddy, S. Harindranath, G. Lakshmi Reddy, G. Sakunthalamma, M. Venkataswamy Reddy and S. Subhan Basha also spoke.