Telangana Live Blog – BJP Opposes Hyd as shared capital

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03:30 pm – Venkaiah Naidu: We’ve been raising this issue at every stage and don’t know what is taking the congress so long to decide. You can’t have a shared capital at all. That will be against the Interests of the Andhra citizens who’ll have to cross a border to access their capital. The Congress needs to formulate an immediate plan for security and law and order for the city before anything else.

03:00 pm – Kiran Kumar Reddy, Chief Minister Andhra Pradesh, ” the talk of my resignation are all rumors.”

01:45 pm – Pallam Raju, HRD Minister, of India says ‘we will abide by the decision of the party, but we are worried about the developments and we have conveyed the same to the leadership’.

01:40 pm – JD Seelam, MoS Finance of India, says ‘there is no question of resigning, we are coinfident that all decisions will be taken to the benefit of the people and congress workers.

01:20 pm – If people of Jammu agitate we tell them after 10 years we will give you a seperate state? I don’t agree. Bundelkhand, Gorkhaland could be next. Such piecemeal reorganization of states should not happen -Omar Abdullah

12:45 pm – Chiranjeevi, Pallam Raju, JD Seelam, Panabaka Lakshmi & Purandeshwari come to meet Sonia Gandhi.

12:20 pm – Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Kumar Reddy arrives in New Delhi for the CWC meeting.


Interview
Ponnam Prabhakar, Congress MP, Telengana region:

On united Andhra Pradesh
Our claim is very simple. The division was done 50 years ago but the Andhra leadership has been clinging on to us. Hundreds of people have died during the protests for a separate state of Telengana. This is like a forced marriage while we have been claiming divorce for the last 50 years through which we are being raped. They have no right to tie use down to a unified Andhra Pradesh and it will result in only more bloodshed.

On Hyderabad as common capital
Hyderabad is an integral part of Telengana and its identity and it is our state capital. Andhra has a capital ready in Vijaywada and this was stated several times during the consultation process for creation of Telengana. Despite what was decided in the talks, the pro-Andhra team is trying to hold on to Hyderabad.

On Congress
The pro-Telengana group is a public movement, backed by the voice of the people who want to have their own separate state. It is the people opposing Telangana who are blackmailing the Congress leadership and the central government.


12:15 pm – Ahmad Patel, Digvijaya Singh, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Sushilkumar Shinde of the Congress core group meet Sonia Gandhi at her residence ahead of the CWC and UPA Coordination panel meeting scheduled for later today.

12:02 pm – Sonia Gandhi meets Manmohan Singh ahead of a crucial Telangana meet. A decision is likely to be taken today at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting.

 

 

 

Hyderabad will become an Union Territory and a shared capital on the lines of the Chandigarh Model. There will be a district reorganisation with both the two new states getting 21 districts each. Andhra Pradesh currently has 23 districts. The announcement of the new state of Telangana would be made by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in the parliament. These were some of the things discussed in the Congress Core Group meeting that took place in New Delhi on 26 July evening. Apart from members of the core group which includes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Shinde, Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Defence Minister AK Anthony and Political Secretary to Congress President Ahmed Patel, the meeting was also attended by Congress’ General Secretary in charge for Andhra Digvijaya Singh and the former in charge Ghulam Nabi Azad.

The meeting saw everybody broadly agreeing on the creation of a separate state of Telangana in principle. The Home Minister was asked to assess the prevalent law and order situation in Andhra Pradesh. He was also asked send in more security forces if the situation so demanded.

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[Tehelka Archive]

Political Analyst Dr Parakala Prabhakar argues against the demand for a separate state of Telangana. Prabhakar, who is also the general secretary of Visalandhra Mahasabha, has authored a book — Refuting an Agitation: 101 Lies and Dubious Arguments of Telangana Separatists

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