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Division of Andhra Pradesh into three states
Resolving the disturbances in Andhra Pradesh amicably and respecting all regions will become a role model in solving all such issues in future. The split is due to happen and nobody can prevent it. If the central government wants to favour Telangana people, it has to compensate people in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions too.

It needs to provide a package of at least one lakh crore rupees each to Andhra and Rayalaseema regions so that they can build required facilities in their capital states. Last, but not the least, rivers must be shared between the regions fairly.

The Congress leader in charge of Andhra Pradesh affairs Digvijaya Singh has given indications that the long cherished dream of Telangana issue, is going to be resolved soon.

He has warned all political leaders in AP that they should abide by the decision of Congress party.  Some leaders had made public that the state was being divided into two equal parts bifurcating Rayalaseema, and merging those two with Andhra and Telangana.

Still this formula is in the books of Congress. Though it is accepted by MIM and some leaders of Rayalaseema, but it may not be possible. Actually Congress wants to avoid TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Congress party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy. Therefore, the Congress wants to divide Rayalaseema into two: Kadapa and Chittor; and Anantapur and Karnool. The first part is to be merged with Andhra and the latter with Telangana.

This formula doesn’t have many takers, and could lead to another agitation by people in Rayalaseema. Like Telangana, Rayalaseema people have also some sentiments. Already the TRS has started saying that this formula isn’t acceptable and they want only Telangana along with Hyderabad. So this proposal may be shelved and the original bifurcation formula will come on the screen.

Rayalaseema people may accept separation of coastal districts of Prakasam and Nellore. If Telangana is carved out from Andhra Pradesh, there is no possibility of keeping Andhra and Rayalaseema united in one state. Already they have a grouse that Andhra coastal people have opposed any single proposal of irrigation waters to Rayalaseema. The pothureddipadu issue became much disputed when it was expanded. It had materialized only because of Rajasekhara Reddy.

So, there is no doubt that if Telangana is separated, Andhra coastal region will lose some parts. As Raayalaseema comprises only four districts and 51 assembly seats, Nellore and Prakasam districts should be made a part of it. It may not create any further problems among the people and may be acceptable to major sections of the society.

Finally, if Telangana is made a separate state, its impact will be felt on Andhra coastal region, which comprises Guntur, Krishna West, East Godavari and three north coastal districts.

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