Vizag Development Council seeks Inter-state panel అక్టోబర్ 27, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Telangana.
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Inter-state panel sought
Deccan Chronicle, October 24, 2013
Visakhapatnam: Local think tank had requested President of India Pranab Mukherjee to invoke article 263 of constitution for appointment of inter-state council for resolution of issues between two regions and centre before proceeding further on bifurcation of the state.
Members of Vizag Development Council (VDC), on Wednesday, wrote to the president that the decision of the Union government on creation of separate Telangana state has led to unrest in the state.
“More than 2/3 of the population in Andhra Pradesh are opposing division. The chief minister is also against it. All the opposition parties in the state are demanding for a review of the decision. Even people living in the capital city, Hyderabad, which is proposed to be merged into Telangana, have not expressed their desire to merge with Telangana,” said VDC president P. Vishnu Kumar Raju. He added that the majority of them prefer status quo.
“In a democracy, public opinion on division of state is taken but such thing has not been done. For over two-and-a-half months, 2/3 of the population in the state remained shut and public interest has been badly affected. Even the committee set up by the union government under Justice Shri Krishna of the Supreme Court has also not listed separation as the preferred option. They had suggested setting up a regional development council with statutory powers. They have also informed that the region of Rayalaseema is the most backward in the state and not Telangana,” said VDC vice-president O. Naresh Kumar.
“The union government has set up a GoM to address the above issues. None of them are from this region nor they understand the emotions of the Telugu population. We, therefore, request you to intervene in the issue and initiate proceedings under Article 263 of the Constitution before proceeding further,” he said and added that the Punchhi Commission headed by Justice Shri Madan Mohan Punchhi of the apex court submitted a report in 2010 to the centre that when there are differences between two states or the Centre and a state, an inter-state council (ISC) should be set up.