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Uncertainty over demand for Telangana state must end now: NAPM
The National Alliance for People's Movement (NAPM) has demanded that the uncertainty over the demand for a Telangana state must end now so that people can carry on their occupations and work without anger, ill-will and anxiety. Ms. Medha Patkar and other NAPM leaders demanded for an immediate political resolution on the issue of Telangana.

They said that NAPM is supporting the popular demand for Telangana which will benefit not only the agitating people from the Region but all in the present state of Andhra Pradesh whose lives and livelihood are continuously affected due to keeping the issue burning with struggle as well as oppression becoming an unending politics to be faced by common people.

In spite of widespread support in Andhra Pradesh for the Telangana cause, NAPM deplored that there seems to be an impasse over statehood for the region. It felt that the Telangana movement offers credible hope of changing the iniquitous structures of power and control in the state and its failure could see the forces of lawlessness acquiring new strength, with disastrous consequences for the common people.

NAPM expressed concern that the state of Andhra Pradesh is in turmoil once again over the demand of a separate Telangana. Though the struggle for a separate Telangana has been ongoing for a long time now, NAPM lamented that the central and state governments as well as the major political parties in the state have played opportunistic and partisan political games with people’s sentiments. Exploiting people’s emotions for vote bank politics, it observed that political parties have supported formation of unholy alliances and politics of divide and rule.

It said that the people’s movement for Telangana has reached new heights in recent years. People’s struggles and sacrifices have made it clear that the demand for a separate state of Telangana now represents the aspirations of an overwhelming majority of the people in this region.

The Andhra Pradesh Assembly convened on 10th of June has remained paralysed on the issue of Telangana. It’s unfortunate to see the extraordinary measures that have been taken up by the government to suppress the ‘Chalo Assembly' call, given by the Telangana Joint Action Committee, an umbrella organisation of several pro-Telangana groups.

Mrs. Medha Patkar said that the NAPM believes that while it is necessary to maintain the law and order situation, suppression of democratic people’s protest by mass illegal arrests of activists, threatening the people of Telangana, and cancellation of monthly pensions and essential commodities through fair price shops to people participating in Telangana agitation, is totally unacceptable, she added.

According to NAPM, the formation of smaller states in the Indian Union is, in general, a significant step towards bringing the locus of political power closer to the people. Small states in India, given the population size of the country, will still be big by international standards. With a population of about 3 crores, Telangana, if and when created, will be viable as a state of the Indian Union. Demands for making governments responsive and accountable, need for redressing administrative inefficiency, and popular aspiration for a better life have set the stage for a new phase of states’ reorganization.

Mrs. Medha Patkar said that the NAPM believes that while it is necessary to maintain the law and order situation, suppression of democratic people’s protest by mass illegal arrests of activists, threatening the people of Telangana, and cancellation of monthly pensions and essential commodities through fair price shops to people participating in Telangana agitation, is totally unacceptable, she added.

NAPM, she said that has always supported the demand for smaller states, whether in Jharkhand or Uttarakhand but has also warned that without change in the paradigm of development and system of governance, there can be no fundamental change in the politics or relations of power in favour of the toiling masses. We repeat this warning in the case of Telangana, having witnessed the continued injustice and exploitation in the newly formed states. NAPM, however,

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