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Centre mocking at federal system: Naidu

Centre mocking at federal system: Naidu
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Centre Mocking at Federal System: Naidu, Bifurcate the State, Process of Bifurcation. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the Centre was making a mockery of federal system in its attempt to bifurcate the State.

TDP will cooperate on T only if norms not violated

  • Centre not following established norms
  • It’s not consulting and convincing stake-holders
  • All-party meeting called by GoM a farce
  • GoM could not answer queries from the parties
  • It convened meeting only to elicit views
  • Only TDP has a consistent stand on the issue

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N Chandrababu Naidu alleged that the Centre was making a mockery of federal system in its attempt to bifurcate the State.

Addressing a media conference on Wednesday, Naidu said that TDP had been consistently saying that it would cooperate in the process of bifurcation, provided it was done as per the established norms and conventions.

He recalled the manner in which NDA had convinced people like Lalu Prasad Yadav, who had strongly opposed creation of Jharkhand, and got a resolution passed by the Bihar State Assembly before the State was divided.

Calling the all-party meeting convened by the Group of Ministers (GoM) a “farce,” Naidu said it was an exercise for record sake. “There is no seriousness in calling the all-party meeting. The GoM had no answers to the questions posed by political parties. They could not even reply to the BJP which wanted to know how much revenue was being generated from each region. The GoM only wanted political parties to express their views, so that they could do what they want to. Sensing this, the TDP had decided to keep away from the GoM,” he said.

The Congress, he said, was playing with the lives of Telugus for the sake of votes and seats. The Congress party was only trying to bulldoze its decision to bifurcate the State even without achieving consensus within the party.

“Chief Minister sends reports to Centre on the measures that need to be taken after bifurcation and publicly he adopts a strident posture opposing bifurcation. The Congress party resorts to leak of AK Antony committee report and when TRS opposes, Antony committee denies having submitted a report,” he alleged.

Criticising Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and YSR Congress Party, he said that TRS a day ahead of GoM claimed that they would not merge with Congress but in New Delhi they changed their stand and said that they would consider after the Bill was passed in Parliament. “YSRCP thunders that they are for united State but attend the GoM knowing well that even if they oppose division at the meeting it will have no impact. No one knows what they really told the GoM,” he said.

Naidu further alleged that YSRCP went to the GoM on the directions of Sonia Gandhi. “Union Ministers from Seemandhra meet Prime Minister, who will be stepping down from his office in next two or three months, and claim that he will do full justice to Seemandhra region,” he added.

Naidu clarified that it was only TDP which had taken a consistent stand on bifurcation and felt that it should be done according to proper constitutional procedure.

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