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Regional parties win favour in divided Andhra Pradesh మే 27, 2014

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E. Venkatesu and K.C. Suri, The Hindu, May 25, 2014

Though the two states voted differently, the Congress lost ground in both

The results of the the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections in Andhra Pradeshdismayed Congress leaders while at the same time frustrating the Yuvajana Sramika Ryotu Congress Party (YSRCP), a splinter group.

The extraordinary circumstances that prevailed in the State in the aftermath of the bifurcation combined with the overall anti-Congress mood of the electorate all over India to erode support for the Congress. The State, which sent the largest contingent of Congress MPs both in 2004 and 2009, decisively voted against it this time round, even as two regional parties, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in Andhra and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) in Telangana, emerged victorious.


Telangana lessons: M Ramachandran మే 26, 2014

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The writer is a former secretary to the government of India

Business Standard, May 24, 2104

Apparently, the basic reason why the people of Telangana wanted creation of a new state was the economic neglect and comparative backwardness of the region. Let us hope that with the coming into existence of the two new states of Telangana and Seemandhra, both areas will see a new phase of overall development, focusing particularly on the backwardness or neglect factors and will in the next couple of years justify the creation of smaller states.

Seemandhra has about 67 per cent of the area sown and 27.5 per cent is the net irrigated area. In the Telangana area, this is 41 per cent and 17 per cent. While Telangana has power generation capacity of 4,368 Mw, Seemandhra has 7,082 Mw. When it comes to road network density, out of the ten districts of Telangana, one has road length in the lowest category of 0-25 km per hundred sq km, two are in the 25-50 km category and seven in the 50-75 km category. In the case of Seemandhra, there is none in the 0-25 km category, two in the 25-50 km category, and eight in the 50-75 km category, whereas three figure in the 75-100 km category. Seemandhra has a larger share of national and state highways whereas Telangana has more of panchayat roads. Being a coastal state, Seemandhra has the advantage of five ports with ten more planned on a PPP basis, and six districts have airports as well. Telangana has two airports, including Hyderabad. Other than Hyderabad, the two cities with million-plus population are in Seemandhra, whereas there is none in Telangana. Telangana’s 158 towns are newer and part of ribbon development along roads, whereas Seemandhra’s 195 towns are extensive municipalities, many of them very old.


Seemaandhra intellectuals appeal to their MPs & legislators to support separate Telangana మార్చి 8, 2011

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Open Letter
Dt: 3/3/2011

1.Sri Pothuri Venkateswara Rao, Senior Journalist
2.Dr Tripuraneni Hanuman Chowdary, Chairman, Pragna Bharati and former IT Advisor, Government of Andhra Pradesh
3.Dr. Kakarla Subba Rao, former Director NIMS and a noted radiologist
4.Dr N.Bhaskar Rao, Social Scientist, New Delhi
5.Dr. Katti Padma Rao, Social Activist, Bapatla

Joint Appeal to MPs/ MLAs/ MLCs hailing from Seemandhra

Dear & Respected MP/ MLA/ MLC garu,

Sub: Creation of Telengana state – Obstructions imperiling Seemandhra people in and around Hyderabad.

1. The inclusion of Telangana to create the Andhra Pradesh state in 1956 had been from the beginning against the wishes of a majority of leaders from the region. The over 150 years of separation between the Telangana and the Seema-Andhra areas since 1800 AD has created unbridgeable gulf between social, educational economic mileus and political and cultural consciousnesses of the two regions. Vicissitudes of history have inflicted under-development and backwardness in the Telangana region under the Nizam’s rule.

2. The Seema-Andhra regions under the British rule had made considerable progress towards modernity and overall economic development, particularly in the fields of education, commerce and industry. The British regime had made its cultural impact too. The five and half decades of togetherness between the peoples of Telangana and Seema-Andhra regions in the integrated state had failed to bring equitable development in the different regions of the state and harmonize the relations between the peoples. It is an undeniable fact that the people of Telangana have always been nurturing a feeling that they are being ruled over and are denied self-rule. The separatist sentiment that had its roots in the Telangana region of the erstwhile Hyderabad state have been periodically surfacing ever since the formation of Andhra Pradesh. The sentiment as expressed in the 1969 Separate Telangana agitation was suppressed by strong-arm tactics and by luring some separatist leaders with power. The same had happened in 1972 Separate Andhra agitation too.

3. The separatist agitation in Telangana, largely peaceful till now, has been going on for almost a decade with increasing support from the people. While the 1969 agitation was mainly an urban phenomenon, today it has reached every nook and corner of Telangana and stirred the emotional feelings of the common people. The movement for separate Telngana is irresistible and cannot be simply wished away or suppressed by strong-arm tactics.

4. It is true that there are some apprehensions in the Coastal and Rayalaseema regions but that does not mean they are opposed to the formation of separate Telangana state. The presence of twenty or thirty lakhs of people from Coastal and Rayalaseema distiricts who came to their capital city Hyderabad during the last half a century or so, just as the people from other Telangana districts, should not be a factor in deciding the future of the state. They continue to remain an integral part of the Hyderabad population. Marathis, Kannadigas and even Gujaratis and Pujabis, in large numbers, have been living in the city for decades. Claiming special rights by these or any other group is irrational and unjustified. The apprehensions of these people and the people of the other two regions have to be removed by discussions and by trying to address the genuine grievances. (మరింత…)