Clamour for Rayala Telangana gets shriller: Eternal discomfort with Andhra నవంబర్ 8, 2013Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Hyderabad, Identity, MIM, Mulki, Rayalaseema, regionalism, Settler, Telangana, Telugu.
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Clamour for Rayala-Telangana gets shriller
TNN, November 7, 2013
Hyderabad: The demand for setting up Rayala-Telangana received a sudden and unexpected momentum on Wednesday with several leaders independently pitching for it. Addressing a press conference here, MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi said it was his party’s ‘firm opinion’ that Kurnool and Anantapur districts should be added to the inevitable Telangana state ‘in the interest of justice.’ “This will resolve the water-sharing disputes between the two states in addition to giving the Seemandhra and Telangana regions an equitable representation of 21 seats each in the Lok Sabha and nine seats each in the Rajya Sabha,” Owaisi said. The MIM has already sent a memorandum to this effect to the Group of Ministers on Telangana, he said.
Meanwhile, in Anantapur district, Guntakal MLA K Madhusudhan Gupta launched a signature campaign seeking the inclusion of Anantapur and Kurnool districts in the new Telangana state. “Four leaders, JC Diwakar Reddy (MLA), G Tippe Swamy, Y Sivaramireddy (MLCs) and myself have signed the memorandum. We are trying to get the signatures of Anantapur MP A Venkatramana Reddy and ministers S Sailajanath and N Raghuveera Reddy. I am hopeful that all the leaders will sign it. We sent one memorandum to the GoM on Tuesday and will be forwarding another memo in a day or two,” Gupta told TOI on Wednesday.
According to the Guntakal MLA, any number of IITs, IIMs would not solve the problem for Anantapur district. “Our water problems can be solved only if
we are part of Telangana. And Anantapur cannot survive without its connectivity to Hyderabad. If status quo of Andhra Pradesh is not possible, then the only option is Rayala- Telangana,” Gupta asserted.
According to sources, the Rayalaseema leaders have suddenly woken up to protecting the interests of their region after the leaders from Coastal Andhra began making demands for funds for a new capital and establishment of premier industries and educational units in their region. “The coastal Andhra leaders appear to have reconciled to the division of the state and are now seeking safeguards for their region. Now, the Rayalaseema leaders are waking up and making similar demands,” a leader said. But analysts perceived that Rayala-Telangana was always on the mind of the bosses in Delhi and the sudden cacophony of voices is a result of prompting by the powers that be.
While a few leaders pitched for Rayala-Telangana, some others wanted the new capital of the residuary Andhra Pradesh to be located in Rayalaseema