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'Congress making issue of division of Andhra Pradesh its own party affair': YSR Congress

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Sat, Aug 10, 2013 16:10 hrs

YSR Congress chief Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and his mother Y.S. Vijayamma, who today quit their seats over the creation of Telangana, accused the ruling Congress Party of making the issue of division of Andhra Pradesh its own party affair saying that the latest proof of it is the formation of the A.K. Antony Committee.

"We have been advocating time and again that the Centre should first spell out its stand and the proposal should be put forth for discussion before all stake holders and political parties before taking a final decision which would be agreeable to all parties concerned," said an open letter issued on the behalf of the YSR Congress Party informing about the resignation of Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and Y.S. Vijayamma.

The letter adds, "When Congress Party and Government became entwined and announced that there would be no further discussions, 16 MLAs of our Party have resigned on July 25 in protest against the unilateral and authoritarian conduct of Congress."

YSR Congress Party said "The arrogant attitude of Congress continued in the CWC meeting and UPA meeting, as well. Then, Seemandhra region erupted in rage and there were protests all over the region. Their contention is that Congress has done injustice to Seemandhra for political gains."

"Congress made the issue of the division of the state as its own party affair and the latest proof is the AK Antony Committee coming on to the stage. Instead of appointing a Government Committee where all stakeholders can present their respective viewpoint, it has gone domestic by appointing the Antony Committee without showing scant respect to the sentiments of the people," the letter said.

"Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh State Legislative Asssembly, N Chandrababu Naidu has given his consent for the bifurcation like a blank cheque and affirmed that there is no going back on the issue when AP NGOs approached him recently.With Congress behaving in a unilateral way and Main Opposition TDP on the other side thinking in terms of only political gains are playing with the lives of Seemandhra people," the letter adds.

The YSR Congress Party in its letter said the two leaders are quitting their posts to express solidarity with the crores of people who have hit the streets to fight the injustice meted out to them by the division of the state without considering the consequences.

"If members from the Treasury and Opposition benches also show the sincerity we have shown in quitting the Lok Sabha an Assembly membership, we hope the situation will improve and their commitment to the cause will be proved. Along with our resignation letters, we place here under some of the important issues in this open letter," said theopen letter issued on behalf of the YSR Congress Party.

"A solution that is acceptable to all parties and no region is put to disadvantage was the crux of our letter earlier written to the Central Government. Instead of addressing the issue with sincerity, it has come to such a pass that the Congress wants to take the consent at gunpoint and in this predicament, fearing injustice and left with no option, we put forth our plea," the letter adds.

The YSR Congress Party said : "If the central government feels that the division is inevitable and there exists no other option, Telangana issue should not be looked at, in a political perspective for the individual benefit of political parties and leaders. This is a sensitive issue and should be handled like a father, who would handle a family matter to do justice among the children and also ensuring that there would no complications in the days to come. If you cannot do 'justice', then you have no power to split the state."

"Here, one should understand our plight. There is need to rewind to the past. No region or district had the same features of the present day. For example, some changes took place when Andhra Pradesh was formed on linguistic grounds," the letter said.

"Madras was detached from Madras Presidency. Similarly Bhadrachalam region of Madras Presidency, which was part of East Godavari district, was transferred to Khammam district in Telangana region. Similarly, Koraput and Raigarh, which were part of Madras Presidency, had gone to Odhisha. Bellary, which was part of Rayalaseema, was merged with Karnataka while Gadwal and Alampur of Raichur district of Karnataka, have come to Mahbubnagar," the letter adds.

The YSR Congress Party further said the four divisions of Hyderabad State viz., Aurangabad, Gulbarga, Medak and Warangal had undergone changes as well.

"Aurangabad was merged with Maharashtra, while Gulbarga and Bellary became part of Karnataka. Parts of Raichur district were added to Mahbubnagar. In the same way, Kodangal and Tandur of Gulbarga district became part of Andhra Pradesh. Nadigudem and Munagala regions of Nalgonda district were earlier with Krishna district during the British rule. Paritala near Kanchikacherla of Krishna district was part of the Nizam state," the letter said.

"After so many additions and subtractions the present state has emerged and we have been calling the regions with different names with whatever is left for us. When we are looking at a solution, one should work out in a manner that no region would be affected," the letter adds.

The YSR Congress Party in its letter highlights that there are two major issues at question as of now: water and Hyderabad city.

"As mentioned earlier, the issue should be handled with fatherly love giving no scope for any disputes to arise in the future between the brothers. Similary when it comes to sharing of water the Krishna waters after meeting Maharashtra's requirements flow from Karnataka's Raichur through erstwhile Karnataka's Raichur region in Mahbubnagar i.e. through Gadwal and Alampur into Srisailam dam, which is in Kurnool and thereafter reach Nagarjuna Sagar dam," the letter said.

"Similarly, there are four lift irrigation projects in Mahabubnagar district confined only to Mahabubnagar dist., namely Bheema, Nettempadu, Kalwakurthy and KoilSagar," the letter adds.

The YSR Congress Party said a situation should not arise where we would be fighting over water in future.

"If we look at the present sharing pattern of Krishna waters, one point that would be very clear is, irrespective what the Tribunals or the Courts say, we get the water only after the needs of Maharashtra are met and only after Almatti and Narayanapur dams in Karnataka are filled up. Be it the drought or floods no one pays attention to the lower riparian states. This has been a cry in the wilderness. The Chief Minister himself echoed same points at a press meet. This clearly shows that the real intention of the Congress party is to gain a few seats than to solve the problem," the letter said.

"Where will Srisailam and NagarjunaSagar dams get water from? The proposed lower state from Kuppam to Ichchapuram (Srikakulam) will have no fresh water other than the sea water," the letter adds.

The YSR Congress Party further said, "Be it Godavari or Cauvery, we have been witnessing the same tussle for water even between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on the Cauvery issue with constant dharnas and agitations every year. The same situation should not arise in the proposed states where people have been living together for six decades. Under these circumstances, if another state is carved out in between without any changes to the boundaries, then what would be the fate of the lower state that has been carved out?"

YSR Congress Party said when it comes to Hyderabad, it is a city which has been inhabited by people of all regions and religions since decades. It took nearly 60 years to build the city after Madras was denied to these people 60 years ago. About 60% of the state revenue comes of Hyderabad. After completing education, students of all regions look towards Hyderabad for their prospective careers.

"Madras was taken away from Madras Presidency then. Now, we are asked to leave Hyderabad in the next 10 years, six decades after the city has been built together. Hyderabad city has been built over a period of 60 years but we are being asked to build a similar city in ten years elsewhere," the letter said.

"On one side, you say that 'Seema Andhra' people would have to forego their right on Hyderabad and build a new capital in 10 years' time. If this were to be the case, then could you please explain to us, if we do not get this kind of money, obviously as Hyderabad generates Rs. 90,000 crores out of State's annual budget of Rs. 1, 60,000 and odd crores," the letter added.

The party also said that almost 55 percent of Andhra Pradesh government's budget is generated in Hyderabad. Also, 65 percent of the Union government's revenues from Andhra Pradesh is collected from Hyderabad's metropolitan area.

"Overall, Hyderabad contributes Rs 40,000 crores towards state taxes, Rs 35,000 crores towards central taxes and Rs 15,000 crores of local revenues. The total yield comes to a whopping Rs. 90,000 crores," the letter said.

"Similarly, the exports from Hyderabad metropolitan region gross Rs 90,000 crores per annum, including IT and ITES exports of Rs 60,000 crores, and pharmaceuticals and engineering exports of Rs 30,000 crores," the letter adds.

The party further said that if this money doesn't come through or if this is diverted to build another city then where would we have the money for our ongoing Social Welfare Schemes such as Fee Reimbursement, ArogyaSree, Old Age pensions, Re. 1 per kilogram Rice and other social welfare schemes what are all in existence and what will come up in future.

The letter said: "Never in the past, in our entire Indian history has the Central government given the 'State's Capital' to people who are wanting others to go but this injustice is unfortunately the case here, with absolutely, no clarity on the welfare and safety of the people and employees who have been working in Hyderabad over these decades, even now you have a situation where in the leaders are provoking people, yet no cases are booked against and if this were to be the plight before the split then imagine the situation of the people after the split."

"Has it ever occurred to you that if Hyderabad were to be the joint capital for 10 years in accordance to your proposal, Hyderabad will have no connection with the lower part (Seemandhra), it's like people would have to travel through another state to get their job done or meet their CM and if there arises any dispute, you are locked in an island kind of situation," the letter adds.

YSR Congress Party said keeping in mind these important issues a proper decision should be taken on the city during the division, ensuring that there is no barrier to the funds and they continue perennially and assuring confidence and safety to the people and employees. One should not forget that these people also have the right to demand justice. Krishna Phase 1, 2 and 3 should be continued, to give water to Hyderabad in the same way as we are giving drinking water to Chennai.

"As per the talk doing the rounds, if the state were to be divided horizontally then in that case how will the southern parts from Kuppam to Ichchapuram (Srikakulam ) get fresh drinking water as there exists only sea water?" the letter said.

The letter further said that other than the justification on water, it is of paramount importance that the entire stretch of Nallamala forest is on one side of the new state. The spread of Nallamala would be from Tirupati to Badwel crossing Kadapa and Kurnool through Srisailam, Mahbubnagar and running through

"Achampeta and into Nalgonda through Devarakonda. This forest stretch right in the middle of the state is very important from security point of view as well," the letter said.

"Khammam also is in a similar situation, as the lower region of Bhadrachalam including Aswaraopeta, Pinapaka, Yellendu and Kothagudem is an extended forest," the letter added.

The party further said: "Keeping all these in view, you would be doing justice to all stake holders if the Krishna ayacut region from southern Nalgonda parliament division, Mahbubnagar, Khammam till Indravathi are merged in to the divided lower end state after looking into the interests of Hyderabad."

YSR Congress party said that as per the talk doing the rounds, if the state were to be divided horizontally then in that case how the southern parts from Kuppam to Srikakulam will get fresh drinking water as there exists only sea water?

"In situations such as these, one more surprising rumour is also doing the rounds and that is 'Rayala Telangana'. Here at this juncture we would like to ask you a question. In the first place, why are you splitting 'Telangana' from Andhra Pradesh? Your answer to this would be, because of 'Sentiment'. Then if sentiment is the yard stick, then wouldn't 'Rayalaseema' people also have the same sentiment! How is it 'right' to split Rayalaseema into two halves?" the letter said.

"Moreover, if 'Srisailam dam' is on one side of the split and 'Nagarjuna Sagar dam' is on the other side of the split, then how would 'Nagarjuna Sagar dam' get water? And isn't is also a fact that the lower portion, from Kuppam to Srikakulam the situation doesn't change, as we are still left with no fresh water other than the sea water," the letter added.

The party also said: "How far is it justifiable, on your part to stoop down to any such level for the sake of votes and seats? If you divide the Krishna ayacut will it not lead to quarrels on day to day basis? Once the state is divided all the existing dams will come under the purview of a Water Regulatory Board. In such case only the dams that have original allocation will get water. Subsequently, Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar dams too will come under Water Regulatory Board authority. Once the inter state water board is set up, the projects which are dependent on surplus water in Rayalaseema region, Mahboobnagar, Nalgonda and Prakasam districts will not get even a trickle of water. Tungabhadra Board stands live testimony for this kind of injustice. Our state, though legally entitled, never gets it share of water from Tungabhadra."

YSR Congress Party further said that in the light of these facts, what would be the future of farmers of Krishna ayacut, in the event of division? In such a situation the entire Krishna ayacut should either be on one side of the divide or the status quo should be maintained. These questions found no answers. They are making all efforts that the one part of the state would deprive of coal. Though there are enough gas reserves, they deny allocating them. Over top of it, how can one live without even fresh drinking water assured to the lower state?

"Madras was taken away from Madras Presidency then. Now, we are asked to distance away from Hyderabad, six decades after the city has been built by all of us. There is fear, that we might be denied the coal. Gas reserves are there but we are not given the gas supplies for our requirements. How can we live if we are denied even the water?" the letter said.

"Never in the past did the Centre give a state capital to someone which would lead to forceful exodus thereby causing gross injustice to people of one region. There is no clarity on the welfare schemes or the safety of the people," the letter added.

The party further said that the situation has worsened with no clarity and all round confusion. Leaders are provoking people and cases are being booked on agitators who are fight for justice. If this is the situation now, imagine the anarchy that is to come after the split.

"Has it ever occurred to you that if Hyderabad were to be the joint capital for 10 years in accordance to your proposal, Hyderabad will have no connection with the lower part (Seemandhra), it's like people would have to travel through another state to get their job done or meet their CM and if there arises any dispute, you are locked in an island kind of situation," the letter said.

"As you have the complete rights on the State as per Article 3 of the Constitution, it is not fair on your part to play with the future of the people of this state. If division is inevitable, what we ask is, it should be done in a manner which is agreeable to all stake holders and no injustice is meted out to anyone, and if you are unable to do the justice, then you should leave the state, untouched. Please put yourself in position of the people in the state and try to visualize why 5 crore people are agitated. Any untoward decision would lead to our state becoming a man-made 'desert'," the letter added.

YSR Congress Party also said that ignoring such ramifications, without looking into reality, your unilateral posturing has put our state in disarray and with the hope that our resignations would change your thinking process, we submit our resignations in protest. (ANI)




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