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‘Congress alone capable of giving shape to separate state’

Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G. Venkateshaddressing a press meet in Kurnool on Sunday.– Photo: U. Subramanyam
Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G. Venkateshaddressing a press meet in Kurnool on Sunday.– Photo: U. Subramanyam

Minister for Minor Irrigation and president of the Rayalaseema Hakkula Ikya Vedika T.G. Venkatesh has said that no one has yet found a solution to a tricky issue like the creation of Telangana which is why the Congress is sponsoring brain-storming sessions with other parties and within the party.

Speaking to reporters here on Sunday, he said had the issue been so simple, the Congress would have announced the formation of Telangana straightaway without consulting any one.

He added that leaders from Telangana alone could not form a separate State without the consent of people of other regions. Telangana was merged with Andhra Pradesh following a unanimous decision. Even for separation the same process was required, Venkatesh said.

He added that the unrest in the name of Telangana dented the development of the region, with a sharp decline in land prices. Venkatesh said people who invested in land in Telangana suffered huge losses.

He regretted the elimination of the representation of Rayalaseema at the all-party meeting, saying that the region could not be simply brushed aside.

He said Rayalaseema was also capable of staging violent protests.

He said that the Congress examined the pros and cons of the issue because of its complex nature.

He added that the Congress alone was capable of creating Telangana at the moment. He termed the stand adopted by the BJP as unreasonable, saying that no one could have objected to the party dividing the state while it was in power. All other parties, including the TDP, TRS, PRP and the Left, could only make a noise but lacked the capacity to resolve the issue.

According to Venkatesh, the Telangana issue should wait till the 2014 elections.

He said large chunks of Telugu-speaking areas were merged with the neighbouring Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharastra where people had no freedom to teach Telugu to their children. He underscored the need for launching a movement to protect linguistic rights.

Lamenting the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim, Venkatesh said that the government should take steps to prevent such incidents in future.

  • Unrest in the name of Telangana has dented the region’s development

  • People who invested in land in Telangana suffering huge losses

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