Kavuri sets 3 terms to high command

Kavuri sets 3 terms to high command

Kavuri Sambasiva Rao Sets 3 Terms To High Command, Telangana Bill. Union Textiles Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao on Friday set three conditions for extending support to the Telangana Bill in Parliament.

  • Says he’ll cooperate with division, if these are met
  • He demands party leadership respond by Monday
  • Hyderabad should be made a Union Territory for 10 years
  • Create Rayala Telangana with Anantapur, Kurnool districts
  • Bhadrachalam should be transferred to residuary State

New Delhi: Union Textiles Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao on Friday set three conditions for extending support to the Telangana Bill in Parliament.

Setting the deadline till Monday for the government to respond and indicate its willingness to accommodate these conditions, Rao said that in such an eventuality he would be willing to cooperate with the government in Parliament in the passage of the Bill. There is still time for damage-control and the government can make up by rendering justice to the Seemandhra region. Asserting that he would not quit Parliament, he said he would remain MP to fight against the injustice to Seemandhra region.

Rao said if not permanently, at least for 10 years, Hyderabad should be made Union Territory. It can be written in the Bill that in the 11th year, Hyderabad will be integrated into Telangana. He also wanted Anantapur and Telangana, which are geographically-congruous and culturally-linked to Telangana, should be added on to the new State. Bhadrachalam, which was part of Seemandhra even at the time of formation of Andhra Pradesh on November 1, 1956, should be handed over to the Seemandhra region.

Besides, Rao wanted the government to incorporate into the Bill that the Centre would build the new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh and provide infrastructure on a par with Hyderabad in Seemandhra region, so that the people are not deprived of its benefits. The people of Seemandhra, who sold their properties and moved to Hyderabad and settled down there for good, now find themselves in disarray, he said.

Claiming he was not opposed to the division of Andhra Pradesh, he insisted that his insistence was merely on doing justice to the people of Seemandhra. The Centre was saying Telangana should be created because of sentiment and self-rule. If that was the basis for creation of States, then no one would know how many States would have to be created, as a result, he said.

Rao agreed that what happened in Parliament on Thursday was something, which no one can condone and there can be no two opinions on it. However, he blamed the Congress-led UPA Government, which forced such a situation by driving the people of Seemandhra region to a point of desperation. Rao said he had never ever entered the well of the House.

What happened on Thursday was bad and there could no two opinions on it. Equally bad, however, was the adamantine attitude of the Centre, which acted more as an agent of Telangana.

It lent a deaf ear to the people of Seemandhra, who were shocked by the Centre’s callous attitude, he added.

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