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Assembly resolution not necessary for Telangana: TRS chief

Indo Asian News Service ians.in
Last Updated: December 17, 2009 20:21:04

Hyderabad, Dec 17 (IANS) Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao Thursday said there was no need for passing a resolution in the Andhra Pradesh assembly to carve out a separate Telangana state.

Addressing a news conference here, his first since the Dec 9 announcement by the central government to initiate the process for formation of Telangana, Rao said the statement made by the government was clear.

‘The statement made by (Home Minister) P. Chidambaram on behalf of the government of India is clear. Nobody should have any doubts about it. Separate Telangana has already been formed,’ said KCR, whose 11-day fast forced the government to make the announcement.

The Mahabubnagar MP said there was no precedent of the Government of India taking back its decision. He was responding to a query on what the TRS would do if the government went back on its statement due to the ongoing agitation in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions.

KCR said there was no need for passing a resolution in the assembly to form a separate state. He pointed out that Gujarat was carved out of Maharashtra without a resolution in the assembly.

The TRS chief said his party was maintaining a strategic silence as it would take some time for the centre to implement its decision.

He reiterated that Hyderabad would be the capital of the new state and rejected demands for making it a separate state or a union territory.

Rao also alleged that some vested interests who had acquired lands and assets in Hyderabad through illegal means were behind the ongoing anti-Telangana protests in Andhra.

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Source: http://www.aol.in/news-story/assembly-resolution-not-necessary-for-telangana-trs-chief/713491

Assembly resolution first, then Telangana: Cong
PTI Hyderabad, December 14, 2009

The formation of a separate Telangana state could take a while with Congress on Monday making it clear that any forward movement on it was possible only after the State Assembly passes a resolution for it.

At the same time, the AICC also made it clear that it was not averse to the formation of a second State Reorganisation Commission if there was a consensus on the issue.

“The Central government will take the next step only after the State Assembly passes the resolution for Telangana and then the Congress will support it,” the party spokesperson, Shakeel Ahmad, told reporters here.

The Congress’ statement comes close on the heels of the Andhra Pradesh Assembly being adjourned sine die as the deadlock over resignations of MLAs from the Andhra and Rayalseema regions continued.

The Assembly was originally scheduled to hold the winter session till Dec. 23. However, with more than 130 MLAs of the Andhra and Ralayaseema regions submitting their resignations, and with the remaining members disrupting the proceedings, the government chose to bring the session to an end.

Mr. Ahmad said the party “stands by” the Centre’s decision on Telangana and noted it was made when the situation was “alarming” with TRS leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s fast entering the 11th day and students in Andhra Pradesh joining the agitation.

However, he admitted that there were two views in the State unit of the party — for and against Telangana.

Mr. Ahmad also attacked Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, without naming her, for writing letters to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking creation of three new States, saying she is doing it to divert people’s attention from her failure in administration.

“We know one Chief Minister wrote two letters in three days for creation of three States. This indicates you are doing it to divert people’s attention from your failure in administration,” Mr. Ahmad said.

The spokesman added that the Congress was not against the formation of small States, but it should be done only if it is necessary to develop the regions which have lagged behind in development parameters.

“If there are genuine concerns, party is not against smaller States. But it should not be done simply to fulfill political aspirations or in competition with some other new State being formed,” Mr. Ahmad added.

The Congress leader at the same time dismissed suggestions that party MLAs and MPs resigning against the formation of Telangana is any indication of their rebellion against the party saying,” MP, MLAs in Andhra Pradesh, who are resigning are not against the party but against bifurcation. They are not rebelling against the party.”

Mr. Ahmad also dismissed suggestions that the government did not take the party into consideration before making the announcement on Telangana saying, “the party supported the statement and still supports that…”

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/Story/75030/India/Assembly+resolution+first,then+Telangana:+Cong.html

Telangana issue: Andhra crisis deepens as ministers decide to quit

IANS | Hyderabad, Dec 12, 2009
Andhra Pradesh on Saturday plunged into an unprecedented political crisis with all the ministers from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions deciding to resign to protest the central government’s decision to grant separate statehood to Telangana.

At a meeting here, all 20 ministers from the two regions decided to submit their resignations to Chief Minister K. Rosaiah.

Minister for Municipal Administration Anam Ramnarayana Reddy told reporters that they would meet Rosaiah to convey their decision and submit their resignations.

“There is pressure on us from the people to join the movement for a united Andhra Pradesh and hence we have decided to quit,” he said amid the growing unrest in the two resgions.

Three ministers later met the chief minister and conveyed their decision to him. Rosaiah, however, advised them against taking a decision in haste.

A visibly upset Rosaiah told reporters at the state secretariat that Minister for Revenue Dharmana Prasada Rao and Minister for Home Sabita Indra Reddy were designated to speak to the ministers.

Rosaiah, who had taken over as chief minister on Sep 3 after the death of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy in a helicopter crash, is now looking at the Congress central leadership to resolve the crisis, triggered by the decision of the centre to bifurcate the state.

Earlier, talking to a television channel, Rosaiah said he was “anguished” over the statement of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram that a resolution for formation of Telangana state would be moved in the state assembly.

He said despite his expressing apprehensions over the issue, the central government had gone ahead with the announcement.

Rosaiah has also ruled out moving the resolution in the current winter session of the assembly.

Rosaiah, who heads a 34-member cabinet, hails from the coastal Andhra region and is a member of the legislative council.

The state cabinet is divided over the issue, with 13 ministers from Telangana region holding a separate meeting to discuss their future course of action amid demands from various quarters that the legislators and ministers from Telangana should also resign to protest the “blackmailing” by their counterparts from other regions.

Minister for Information Technology K. Venkatrama Reddy from Telangana said if the state is put under President’s rule the ministers and legislators from Andhra and Rayalaseema would be responsible.

As many as 130 legislators from the two regions, including 76 from the ruling Congress, have submitted their resignations to the assembly speaker. Legislators of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) have also submitted their resignations.

Speaker Kiran Kumar Reddy has not yet accepted the resignations of the legislators.

In the 294-member assembly, 175 members come from Andhra and Rayalaseema regions while 119 are from Telangana.

Cutting across party lines, legislators from Telangana are also contemplating to resign. “If necessary we will sacrifice our posts for a separate Telangana state,” said senior TDP leader and legislator N. Janardhan Reddy.

Hyderabad will be capital of Telangana state: TRS chief

Hyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao Saturday asserted that Hyderabad would be the capital of the proposed Telangana state, and rejected suggestions of making it a shared capital with Andhra Pradesh.

Rao, whose 11-day hunger strike forced the central government to agree to the demand for a Telangana state, told NDTV news channel that Hyderabad cannot be made a joint capital on the lines of Chandigarh.

KCR, as Rao is popularly known, said: “Hyderabad can’t be compared with Chandigarh. It is not a new bifurcation. Telangana state existed earlier with Hyderabad as capital while Andhra state had Kurnool as its capital.”

KCR also pointed out that Hyderabad is geographically located in Telangana. “How can they (Andhra) claim Hyderabad. Does it make any sense?” he asked.

The TRS chief also assured people of other regions of Andhra Pradesh settled in Hyderabad that they could continue to live here in peace after the formation of the new state.

He also said there was no question of going back on a separate Telangana state, and added that the protests in other regions against it were stage managed and sponsored by vested interests who had invested money and acquired lands illegally in Hyderabad.

KCR said passing a resolution in the state assembly was not necessary to carve out Telangana. He said he had full faith in United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that they would take the necessary measures for formation of the state.

“I have lot of faith in Sonia Gandhi. And Manmohan Singhji, who is at the helm of affairs today, is a fairly good person. Having made an announcement on behalf of the Government of India, it is up to them to solve the problem,” Rao told the channel.

Rao said he had been invited to New Delhi for talks.

“They have invited me to Delhi for talks soon after my recovery. I said that I can come only after a week or 10 days. I am not even able to come out of my residence. I with difficulty went to the balcony and waved to the people,” Rao said.

“Hyderabad is such a place … such a good society. It allows everybody, absorbs everybody,” said Rao.

“In Hyderabad, not just Andhras, but Maharashtrians, Kannadigas and Kayasths from north India live.”

He accused the Andhra Pradesh people of “exploiting” the employment opportunities of Telangana region.

“Ultimately our people were pushed to go to the Gulf countries. The agony of Telangana is that 35,000 Telanganas are in jails in Gulf countries,” Rao said.

“Why should Telangana suffer. And Hyderabad city?” he asked.

“We used to have an airport much before the formation of AP (Andhra Pradesh). Today’s all railway stations have been constructed by the Nizam. All the hospitals, educational institutions have been built by the Nizam,” Rao said.

— IANS

Upto Centre to resolve Telangana issue: TRS chief

New Delhi: TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday threw the ball in Centre’s court on the creation of a separate Telangana State and insisted that Hyderabad will be the capital of the proposed State.

Rao ruled out sharing of Hyderabad as capital with Andhra Pradesh like Chandigarh being shared by Haryana and Punjab. “Chandigarh and Hyderabad can never be compared”.

“Having made the announcement, it is up to them (the Centre) to resolve the issue. I think, they are at it”, Rao, who is recuperating at his home after a 13-day fast protest, told NDTV.

When asked specifically whether he would go back on the Telangana issue in view of the evolving situation in the rest of Andhra Pradesh, he said, “The question does not arise. An arrow once leaves the bow cannot be brought back”.

Profusely praising Congress President Sonia Gandhi, he said that the whole burden of the people of Telangana was now on her shoulders and “I am thankful to her…Because of her initiative and grace, today the dream has come true”‘

Claiming that Gandhi loved him like her son, Rao said I have a “lot of faith” in her and “fairly good person” Manmohan Singh, who is at the helm of affairs.

“It is better for the leaders of Andhra Pradesh to concede to the request of Sonia Gandhi”, he said dubbing the anti-Telangana agitation as an “artificial” one, “prompted, funded and with wrong motives by vested interests”.

These elements have investments in Hyderabad including in benami lands, he alleged but added wise leaders of both sides will find a solution.

Rao dubbed as a “foolish thing” the notion that separate Telangana could be delayed. “There are wise people from both the regions. They should sit together and sort out the issue”.

Dismissing as a “cock and bull story” the need for an Assembly Resolution, he said the Centre only needed to inform the State Assembly.

“There is no need for a resolution from the State Assembly. It is the formality of the Government of India to keep the State Assembly informed”

Asked whether there is any deadline for formation of separate Telangana, he merely said there was no deadline or hardline.

To a specific question how long he would wait?, he said that Home Minister P Chidambaram has clearly said that he was making the announcement on the issue on behalf of the Centre.

“It is a statement from Government of India. Government of India is Government of India. Once it takes a decision that becomes prestige of the Government to ensure that it is implemented”.

— PTI
Source: http://www.dailypioneer.com/222216/Telangana-issue-Andhra-crisis-deepens-as-ministers-decide-to-quit.html

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