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Many political parties keeping away from Home Ministry letter on Telangana
The political parties, which are till date alleging that the Centre is moving hastily without proper consultations on bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, are now staying aloof from responding to the letters received from the Union Home Ministry, which has sought an opinion of eight political parties in the state on terms of reference of the GoM on the division issue. Home ministry has asked them to respond by November 5.

Till now only Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), the sub-regional party, which was started on single point agenda of getting statehood for Telangana, responded to the home ministry.  The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) conveyed its vehement opposition to division of Andhra Pradesh to the Union Home Ministry. In his response to the Union Home ministry, YSRCP President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy declared: "We, hereby, reiterate our stated stand that we are against any move to divide the state of Andhra Pradesh."

The ruling Congress party, which party high command has in fact started process of Telangana formation also seems to be non-committal in the state. Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy called for a meeting of Seemandhra Congress leaders including ministers, MLAs, MPs and MLCs at 4.30 pm on Monday to discuss the strategy. The meeting was supposed to decide whether to submit any report to the MHA on terms of reference and send any representative to the proposed all-party meeting. On the other hand, Botsa Satyanarayana arranged similar meeting for party leaders from Telangana at his residence in the morning.

While, Seemandhra Congress leaders are insisting that as a party Congress should not respond to home ministry letter, Telangana leaders demanding that it should convey favouring bifurcation of the state keeping in view of the Congress Working Committee resolution seeking formation of Telangana state. Finally, it is mostly likely that PCC president may not respond officially to home ministry letter.

Telugu Desam Party President N Chadnrababu Naidu held separate discussions with party leaders from both the regions since two days. Finally on Monday, the party decided not to respond to the letter. Senior TDP leader and former minister Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy lamented writing letters at this state stating that ?It is like hearing the arguments of the aggrieved parties after the court has given its judgment. There is no need for giving any reply to the MHA letter?, he said.

The CPI(M) state secretary B V Raghavulu also wrote a letter similar to YSR Congress Party, stating that his party was against division of any linguistic State including Andhra Pradesh. ?Therefore, we feel that there is no relevance for responding by us, at this juncture, to the terms of reference, which are meant for bifurcation of the State?, he added.

It was only TRS, which has sent a comprehensive report to the MHA on Sunday giving detailed suggestions to each of the 11 terms of reference of the GoM. TRS legislator party leader Etela Rajender said that ?We made suggestions and put forth legitimate demands including a package of Rs 4.5 lakh core for development of the region and administrative authority over Hyderabad during the period when it will be joint capital.?

BJP, which has been insisting for bifurcation of the state since many years is also divided region-wise in responding to the MHA letter and left the issue to the party national president, Rajnath Singh. After hearing versions from both the regions, Rajnath Singh referred about it with party senior leaders in New Delhi to prepare for a reply. 

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If our leaders were impartial and had ensured equal development of all parts of every State in India, then we would not be having demands like that of Telangana or Gorkhaland etc. which would only disrupt our unity and integrity. However, such has not been the case. When Jaffer Sharif became railway minister, then all the benefits accrued to the State of Karnataka, when Mamata became the railway minister, then all the benefits went to the State of West Bengal and when Nitesh became the railway minister, then all the benefit went to the state of Bihar. This has happened within the States also with some regions which were not well represented in the State Cabinet not reaping the benefits of development. In fact, our leaders have been foolish enough from the very start and instead of creating States on administrative convenience basis, formed the State on linguistic basis giving rise to such anti-national feelings like linguistic feelings, regional feelings, caste feelings, communal feelings etc. In fact, by making reservations on caste rather than on poverty basis, they created deep caste feelings within the Indian societies. At present, it is not more important to create Telangana state or Gorkhaland state etc. but divide U.P. which has more than the population of Pakistan into four states as suggested by Mayawati Govt. The U.P. with its vast population and area is totally ungovernable at present. In fact, we should set a fresh State Reorganisation Commission which should suggest the formation of the States on the basis of administrative convenience. And it is high time that our leaders become impartial in their approach and see beyond their noses. They should try to inculcate nationalist feelings in the mind of the people and shun the politics of casteism, communalism, regionalism etc.
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