While several petitions were filed in the High Court against the bifurcation proposal, a war veteran has moved the court, making an exclusive prayer on declaring Hyderabad the second national capital.
Major P. Narasimhulu of Madanapalle in Chittoor district, an octogenarian ex-serviceman who fought the wars with China and Pakistan in the sixties, made a representation (through the local MLA) to the President of India and recently moved the High Court on the bifurcation issue.
The court dismissed his PIL without costs, indicating that it was apprehensive in nature and that the decision had not taken a final shape.
The second capital idea, as espoused by Dr. B.R. Ambedkar during the constitution of first States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) in 1955, was mostly aimed at tackling the then-prevalent north-south divide. “Moghul India had Delhi and Srinagar as capitals.
The British had two capitals, one in Calcutta and the other at Shimla. People in the south also complain of distance to Delhi”, says Major Narasimhulu, quoting Dr.Ambedkar’s presentation on ‘Thoughts on linguistic States’.
Citing defence considerations, the war veteran expressed the apprehension that Delhi is prone to attacks from hostile neighbours and Hyderabad would be the most-suited fallback arrangement.
While the Justice Srikrishna Committee suggested Union Territory status to Hyderabad by developing contiguity to all three regions, Mr. Narasimhulu suggested that the second National Capital Region be developed as a sector, providing for a corridor to Rayalaseema via Mahabubnagar and Coastal Andhra through Guntur, thus ensuring contiguity, as Chandigarh has to Punjab and Haryana.
“Air Force, Army and Naval bases can be established in Telangana, Rayalaseema and Circar areas respectively, as required for the new capital,” he adds.
Citing ‘Diversity in Unity’, he said the proposal would even obviate the need for bifurcation, still ensuring equitable development.
Apart from the legal recourse, Major Narasimhulu is in talks with ex-servicemen bodies to mobilise support from the defence personnel, citing the defence angle.
Cites the second capital idea mooted by Ambedkar during the constitution of first SRC in 1955, aimed at bridging the north-south divide