Din over new districts
The decision of the Telangana government to carve new districts has given rise to demonstrations across the state with the opposition party leaders demanding the government to come out with guidelines before deciding upon the new districts.
Hyderabad: The decision of the Telangana government to carve new districts has given rise to demonstrations across the state with the opposition party leaders demanding the government to come out with guidelines before deciding upon the new districts.
On Friday, demonstrations were held in Gadwal and Wanaparthy in Mahabubnagar, Bellampalli in Adilabad, and Mahabubabad in Warangal districts and even led to bandh in those regions.
It may be recalled that Chief Minister KCR said the formal announcement about the new districts would be made on June 2, the State Formation Day. The government is contemplating to carve out 15 more districts in the State.
Though no political party is opposing the carving of new districts and agree that it would help in better and easy administration they are opposing the alleged unilateral decision about the geographical limits of the new districts.
The TS government proposes to create Jayashankar district with Bhupalapalli as its capital. But new district demands from Mahabubabad and Manukota are picking up momentum.
While talking to The Hans India, former TDP legislator Sithakka said the government was lacking a scientific approach in creating the new districts.
If government had commitment, they should come out with proper guidelines in this regard, she said. She also recalled the CM’s promises about creation of Sammakka Sarakka distrct with Mulug head quarters and Janagoan district.
Nalgonda is not far behind in the agitations. Though the government is proposing Suryapet district, district status for Yadadri is vociferously demanded by certain sections.
They suggest that the district be created by merging Janagaon and Aleru constituencies. TDP leader Motkupalli Narsimhulu has toured in the region and held several demonstrations.
“We are not opposing the proposal of new districts. Decentralisation of power enables development. Even we welcome creation of Yadadri district with Bhongir as its headquarters,” said Motkupalli who is pitching for Yadadri district.
Meanwhile, the activists demanding for new Gadwal district organised bandh on Friday. All the business establishments remained closed and transportation came to a standstill.
Speaking to The Hans India, MLA DK Aruna said that even though Gadwal constituency had all resources to become a new district, the government was intentionally avoiding it.
It should be made district as constituency had boarders with Karnataka and AP, she said. Bandh was organised on Friday demanding new district status to Bellampally, which is the eastern part of Adilabad and cluster point for five constituencies. The bandh was complete with the support of left parties and Congress, TDP and BJP.
BJP spokes person Raghunandan Rao demanded that the committees appointed on creating new districts were politically motivated.
“This is not a party affair. Form committees with all party members for fair and transparent process,” he suggested. Dividing the state capital into four districts will not have any effect on the global status of Hyderabad, Raghunandan Rao said.
As the time of announcement is fast approaching, the new demands and protest demonstrations were intensified to put pressure on the government.