TDP accepts Telangana demand: Good bye to samaikhya andhra అక్టోబర్ 16, 2008Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Essays.
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Telugu Desam supports Telangana
Decision not with an eye on elections, says Naidu
HYDERABAD: Reversing its 26-year-old ideological plank of unified Andhra Pradesh, Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday announced his party’s decision to support separate Telangana and justified it as “historic necessity”.
The politically significant pro-Telangana decision, which was on cards for the last few days, was finally taken in the Polit Bureau meeting presided over by Mr. Naidu, paving the way for forging an electoral alliance with Telangana Rashtra Samiti. It has already come to a broad understanding with Left parties.
After six-month study
The adoption of a formal resolution by the Polit Bureau comes after the core committee on Telangana carried a six-month long study including an opinion gathering exercise and submitted its report three days ago. The party chose Dasara, the most important festival in Telangana region to make the announcement.
Elaborating on the party’s marked shift in its stand, Mr. Naidu said no political party could remain oblivious to the sentiments of the people of a region and it was in deference to their wishes that TDP had to support separate Telangana. “The decision has been arrived at after a long deliberation within the party and definitely not with an eye on elections,” he emphasised.
‘People will understand’
Fielding questions, he said he did not anticipate a negative fall-out to the change in party’s stand in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. “Far from it, people will take it in a positive way. They are in a better position now to understand the situation under which the party had to take such a decision.”
Asked if he would also support the demand for separate Rayalaseema, he said he would not respond to hypothetical questions. He evaded another question on the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate for Telangana.
Unlike Congress which did nothing to remove backwardness in Telangana and had deceived the people of the region repeatedly, his party enjoyed high levels of credibility, Mr. Naidu asserted. From abolition of the feudal Patel-Patwari system, construction of irrigation projects, issue of GO 610 and opening of educational institutions, it was TDP which did the most for the region.
Digs into history
“We went to Assembly elections in 2004 with unified State and stuck to it. But with backwardness remaining in the region and Congress doing nothing to address it, the demand for separate State became sharper.As a party which drew its strength from people, we had to respect their wishes and we made it clear two-and-a-half years ago that we will announce our stand at appropriate time. The time has come now,” he added. He dug into history from the time of the Satavahanas to the Nizam`s and British rule, to indicate that Telugus were together sometimes and lived separately at various times.
He confirmed that he had called the CPI(M), CPI and TRS leaders on Wednesday to inform them about the party’s impending resolution
Source: The Hindu, 10 October 2008 http://www.hindu.com/2008/10/10/stories/2008101060850100.htm