Charges the Congress with pursuing divide and rule policy

Rayalaseema Rashtra Samithi president Kuncham Venkatasubba Reddy on Wednesday opposed the UPA government’s move to form Rayala-Telangana by clubbing Kurnool and Anantapur districts with Telangana region and merging Kadapa and Chittoor with Seemandhra Pradesh, terming it as a “meaningless proposal”.

The Telugu Desam Party, Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Bharatiya Janata Party rejected the proposal floated by people with vested interests and called for a Telangana bandh, he said and demanded the trifurcation of the State.

He sent a representation to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding the formation of Greater Rayalaseema with the four districts in Rayalaseema, Prakasam and Nellore districts, Vellore, Krishnagiri Raichur and Bellary to ensure the all-round development of the backward Rayalaseema region.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi unilaterally decided to grant statehood to Telangana without considering the aspirations of the people and people’s representatives, the RRS president said and held her responsible for the intensive agitations, counter-agitations and civic unrest and chaos in the State.

He charged the Congress with pursuing the divide and rule policy, which was a legacy of the British regime.

There are several legal implications in the bifurcation process but the Centre is toying with the idea of directly introducing the Telangana Bill in Parliament under Article 3 of the Constitution, whereas Article 371(D) stipulates ratification of the Bill in A.P. State Assembly by two-thirds majority before being placed in Parliament for approval, Mr. Reddy said.

The Centre has no right or powers to introduce the Telangana Bill in Parliament by ignoring Article 371 (D) of the Constitution, he asserted.

The Group of Ministers is yet to submit a report to the Centre on problems arising out of the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, such as irrigation and power projects, water and power allocation, education and employment opportunities, Mr. Venkatasubba Reddy said. Recalling that Justice Srikrishna Commission had deduced that Rayalaseema was the backward region in the State, he demanded the formation of Greater Rayalaseema by dividing the State into three, if bifurcation was inevitable. He accused Ms. Sonia Gandhi of trampling upon democracy and democratic principles by blatantly violating Constitutional norms.

He also sent the representation to Ms. Sonia Gandhi, Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Union Defence Minister A.K. Antony and AICC Secretary in-charge of AP affairs Digvijay Singh.

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