YSRCP, CPM against Telangana

YSRCP, CPM against Telangana
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YSRCP, CPM against T, Group of Ministers Meet on Telangana, Opposition to Telangana. The CPM, which is the only party that has taken a principled position right through the debate, reiterated that there is no change in its opposition to Telangana.

We will oppose every step: Jagan

Wrapping up the all-party meetings spread over two days, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana on Wednesday met the two remaining political parties, the YSRCP and the CPM. Significantly, both opposed the decision on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. As seven political parties met the GoM over two days, the TDP chose to stay away from the meetings. Five parties – MIM, BJP, CPI, TRS and Congress – that met the GoM on Tuesday, supported Telangana. YSRCP supremo Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, in a letter to the GoM, said “No” to Telangana and reiterated that the state should remain united. “We will oppose every step you take towards bifurcation of the state,” he said.

The CPM, which is the only party that has taken a principled position right through the debate, reiterated that there is no change in its opposition to Telangana.

While CPM was represented in the all-party meeting by CPM State Secretary B V Raghavulu and floor leader Julakanti Ranga Reddy, the YSRCP was represented by M V Mysoora Reddy and G Ramachander Rao.

YSRCP President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy addressed a letter to the GoM, setting out his opposition to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. “We cannot endorse the decision taken by the Union Cabinet on October 3 to split the state, as it is not acceptable to us. Over 75 per cent of the state population is opposing the division tooth and nail and is protesting for the past three-and-a-half months in an unprecedented way, as we, the people of the state firmly believe that the division would adversely affect the future generations for hundreds of years to come,” he said. Neither the Congress nor the Centre is in a position to heed and honour the feelings of the people or the parties that have been voicing the concerns of the people, he said.

Mysoora Reddy said the State was being divided for votes and seats. When there are so many statehood demands all over the country, why Andhra Pradesh was handpicked for being divided, he asked. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has taken citizenship 30 years ago. If today some law was enacted to take away her citizenship, how unhappy she would be to leave the country, Mysoora Reddy asked. CPM leader B V Raghavulu lamented that the Centre kept the issue hanging fire for the past four years. The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet was sharply divided into two warring camps. Development in the state had become a casualty. The state had ground to a standstill, he said.

The division of Andhra Pradesh would create more problems than it could solve, he said. While opposing the division of Andhra Pradesh, he wanted that Bhadrachalam should not be taken away from Khammam and merged with East Godavarai district. Significantly, Raghavulu favoured changing the design of Polavaram Project.

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