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UPA criticised for not taking up reconciliation

M. Rajeev
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The Congress-led UPA coalition came under criticism for the manner in which it has been handling the contentious Telangana Statehood issue without taking up reconciliation measures and giving assurances that it would address the concerns of the two regions.

The Centre should have taken the initiative of convening meetings of the stakeholders and allayed their apprehensions giving specific assurances, but no effort has been forthcoming in that direction resulting in rising animosities among the people. Though the government had clarified that there was no going back on its decision, it had failed to explore common areas of reconciliation and the way forward, speakers at a meeting organised here on Saturday said. The meeting was organised by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy with the theme “Dealing with the costs of division — a dialogue towards reconciliation.” (www.thehinducentre.com)

Representatives of political parties and industry, experts in economics, irrigation and other core sectors and journalists who attended the meeting, however, voiced their reservation against proposals for making Hyderabad a joint capital or union territory as it would lead to more complications in future.

The debate covered various facets of the issue, such as the status of Hyderabad, revenue sharing and resource sharing. A majority of the speakers, including CESS professor E. Revathi and agriculture economist D.A. Somayajulu, were of the view that sharing of river water and energy could be addressed as there were established norms governing the two sectors.

“But infrastructure — industrial, educational and economic — that made Hyderabad a super economic hub cannot be created in the new State,” Mr. Somayajulu said. He said depending on the Central government for financial assistance, at a time when the Centre itself was faced with unprecedented revenue and fiscal deficits, would be akin to “living in a fool’s paradise.”

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