Lok Satta claims working method of Telangana's GoM denting federal character of the country
Lok Satta Party lamented that the working methods chosen by the Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted by the Government of India for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, dent the federal character of the country and widen the chasm between people of different regions. Party state president Kataru Srinivasa Rao said that his party has decided to boycott the GoM and called upon other political parties to follow suit.
recalled that the Lok Satta has all along maintained that it would
welcome formation of Telangana as part of a comprehensive and
amicable solution. Far from working out such a solution, the Congress
Party has viewed State bifurcation as a party issue with an eye on
votes and seats in the next general election.
When an agitation
erupted in Seemandhra, the Congress appointed the A. K. Antony
committee instead of a parliamentary committee or a committee of
Union Ministers. The Lok Satta had set an example by rejecting the
party accused that the Center's egoistic, dictatorial, incompetent
and immature handling of a delicate subject runs counter to the
country's federal structure and threatens national unity. That is
why, Rao said that his party has decided to boycott the GoM.
recalled that when the State was rocked by agitations for a separate
Telangana during 1969-70 and a separate Andhra during 1972-73, Union
Government representatives held comprehensive discussions with State
representatives for months and hammered out solutions.
contrast, the present GoM has called upon people to convey their
views via emails instead of holding discussions with all sections of
people in all regions although the subject involved the very
existence of a large State and that too the first to be carved out on
linguistic basis, he added.
the Government of India realizes its folly and initiates
comprehensive discussions with all sections of people with a sincere
desire to find an amicable solution, the Lok Satta will have no
hesitation in joining hands, he said.