Kiran Kumar Reddy adamant, want to stall bifurcation process
Narendra Ch | 22 Aug 2013

Though the Congress high-command repetedly making it clear that it will move ahead in bifurcating Andhra Pradesh and ready to hear any other concern except creation of Telangana state, the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy seems to be in adamant mood and making all his efforts to stall the process

. In a last-ditch effort to prevent the Center from bifurcating the state,  he asked the Congress party high command first to address the concerns of the Seemandhra region by constituting expert panels.

During his presentation before A K Antony committee and also meetings with party chief Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi, he tried to put up harsh arguments in support of his pleas. Presenting several figures and prevailing conditions, he warned that any hurry in creating new state will results in losing control over law and order.

Apart from revival of Maoist problem in Telangana region, he said that conflicts over sharing of river waters will surface making the Godavari and Krishna delta in coastal region disastrous conditions. He also cautioned that Telangana region will be deprived of food grains, law will not permit import of food grains from other states with in the country. As most of irrigation projects in Telangana region are designed required lot of electricity supply and many production units are in coastal areas, they would be landed in troubles.

In a last-ditch effort to keep the State united, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is understood to have argued against carving out a Telangana State without first addressing Seemandhra concerns at a meeting with AK Antony committee in Delhi on Tuesday.

Later briefing reporters,  Congress General Secretary and incharge for Congress affairs in Andhra Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh said, “It appears the Chief Minister is trying to handle a difficult situation” but he neither elaborated nor said how he was going to help Kiran. Parrying questions, he informed that the panel will receive representations on August 26, 27 and 28.

Sources said Antony and the other panel members, Veerappa Moily, Digvijaya Singh and Ahmed Patel, made it clear to the Chief Minister and later to the Seemandhra ministers and MLAs that the Telangana decision was irreversible and all that anyone could do now was list out problems that might arise out of division.

When the Chief Minister continued to press for reversal of the Telangana decision, Antony reportedly advised him to plead with Sonia Gandhi and admitted that his job was to merely record apprehensions of all the stakeholders. Kiran Reddy, the sources said, and then sought to know how the Centre proposed to do justice in distribution of river waters, revenue and energy between the two states to the satisfaction of both regions.

He is understood to have conveyed the sense of insecurity gripping Andhra’s settled in the state capital Hyderabad and voiced fears of possible resurgence of left extremist force Maoists in the newly created Telangana region.