Dr.JP said he hears both voices ? the one demanding statehood forTelangana and the other expressing anguish over the State?sbifurcation. The demand for Telangana, which was expressed in hushedtones decades ago, has become a powerful boom. ?Although the voicehas been politically manipulated repeatedly, it is still the people'svoice. The people have expressed their desire in election afterelection in Telangana. It must, therefore, be accorded duelegitimacy.?
Dr.JP said he is also witness to the tear-stained faces of Seemandhrapeople, their hearts bleeding over the division of the State.?Although, there is no dearth of political instigation here also,their emotion is real and must be duly recognized.?
Againstsuch a backdrop, Dr. JP asked why there should be winners and loserswithin the family and why he should be forced to choose between thetwo brothers. This is not a zero sum game.
Dr.JP underlined that at Lok Satta leaders of tall stature from bothTelangana and Seemandhra sit across the table and talk to each otherabout reconciling the legitimate demands of both sides because theybelieve in internal democracy.
Pointingout that the true meaning of democracy is to reconcile conflictinginterests. Dr. JP challenged the Congress party to do it in thecontext of Andhra Pradesh. He said the Congress has no moral right togovern this country since it has demonstrated its incapacity in doingit.
?Everyoneknows that when a State, created on the basis of language, is soughtto be divided, that too when division involves a region with one ofthe biggest cities in the country and an economic hub, there iscomplexity. The pain and anguish caused can be imagined.?
Yet,the Congress Party acted in a reckless and undemocratic manner inconceding the legitimate demand for Telangana Statehood. It patentlyundermines the federal structure.
TheCongress methods have ?resulted in a conflict between an immovableobject and an irresistible force. The way this anger is boiling overtoday, it can affect national unity and that is the worst theCongress could do to our country. The Congress will go down inhistory as having the singular distinction of not only derailing thecountry's economy, but also its federalism and democracy. Theseapproaches remind us of the days of Emergency when the whole nationwas converted into a jail, liberty was extinguished, and States?rights were violated with contempt?.
Dr.JPrecalled that our founding fathers' tryst with destiny led to theintegration of the entire country without a single drop of bloodbeing spilled. ?Today, the Congress Party has made a farce of thatlegacy by staunchly refusing to build a consensus between theTelangana and Seemandhra stake-holders. Instead, it glibly plays hatepolitics and electoral games, watching idly as the State burns. Theircurrent methods are totally unacceptable.?
?Weare a federal republic. Parliament cannot ride roughshod over aState. I've begged so many times for this topic to be discussed.?