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Is this injustice to “Telangana”?

The day-long shutdown called by TRS president and Telangana Chief Minister-designate K. Chandrasekhar Rao protesting the Centre’s ordinance to hand over 200 villages of Telangana to Andhra Pradesh for Polavaram irrigation project, affected normal life in the state. Chandrasekhar Rao rushed to Raj Bhavan in the evening to take up the matter with Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan. Rao appealed to the President not to give his assent to the ordinance and claimed that the Centre had issued it bowing to pressure from its alliance partner Telugu Desam Party (TDP). The bandh call was supported by the Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) and Telangana-based organisations, including one representing employees and advocates. Buses of state-owned Road Transport Corporation (RTC) went off the roads in all 10 districts including Hyderabad. Shops, hotels and business establishments were also shutdown in many parts of Telangana. TRS has achieved his goal of a separate State of Telangana then why he is called for bandh? Now, onus lies on him to make Telangana state as an example of development model. He should focus on that instead of creating disturbances and disruptions. These bandhs are affecting the normal life of the middle and lower class people. This kind of attitude is not expected from the ‘CM to be’. If KCR is doing this at the time of formation of state then ‘God’ save Telangana. TRS must show some maturity now and stop playing games. Elections are over. Rather than calling for a bandh, they could have taken a legal recourse to represent their grouse. Office goers are being inconvenienced. Auto drivers are taking the advantage of the situation and charging four times the actual fare. On being asked, one of the auto drivers told that the bandh has been called as all the software jobs are being shifted to coastal Andhra. People are stranded at various places while TRS is only concerned about playing the politics.

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leaders sat in protest outside the RTC depots to prevent buses from coming out. Even before the bifurcation of the Andhra Pradesh State, the TRS leaders had created lot of obstacles for the construction of the project. After the process of separation of the Telangana, TRS leaders never cooperate in this regard. Polavaram Project is a part of national project linking the Himalayan Rivers with the southern peninsular rivers involving 30 rivers and the connecting canals running for 14900 kms. The TRS leadership has not been coming out of their narrow parochial outlook and there has been no broad and national outlook from their side. They have not been pragmatic and magnanimous even after the realisation of the Telangana State. Seemandhra people are against KCR/TRS/Telangana people. Andhra state was formed in the year 1953 separating from Madras state then. Also when Hyderabad state was merged with Andhra state in the year 1956 to form Andhra Pradesh state, many Telugu speaking villages were left out to Odisha and Karnataka. In 1956, because of formation many Maharashtrian, Kannadiga and Muslims families were separated. Some parts of Hyderabad state went into Karnataka and Maharashtra.

History blames the Telugu speaking people of Seemandhra for the above mentioned deeds. Seemandhra people should realise that they were rejected twice in the years 1953 and 2014. Most of the merged villages were part of Andhra Pradesh till 1958. There were merged with Khammam district of Telangana for ease of administration. Even KCR mentioned several times that he wanted Telangana of 1956. He is making big issue out of this for the sake of political mileage. KCR has just won elections with the thumping majority. It is also true that some regions of Andhra were part of Nalgona district before 1956. Similarly, some Telugu speaking regions have gone to Karnataka, Maharashtra, TN during states reorganisation in 1956. KCR has said several times about unconditional bifurcation, no common capital, retirement pensions based on nativity, division of assets, liabilities based on location; all assets before 1956 should go to respective regions like Andhra Bhavan in Delhi to Telangana, so why too selective?

Bus services from Hyderabad to various destinations in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were suspended. The city services of the RTC in Hyderabad and Secunderabad were also hit, causing inconvenience to commuters. The Board of Intermediate Education postponed advanced supplementary examinations of 11th and 12th standards scheduled on Thursday. The Telangana Chief Minister-designate called the shutdown to protest against an ordinance issued by the Centre to transfer 205 villages of Khammam district of Telangana to adjoining state of Andhra Pradesh. A complete shutdown was being observed in Khammam district, especially in Bhadrachalam and Palvancha divisions. About two lakh people, mostly tribals, who inhibit the villages are strongly opposing the Centre’s move, which is said to be aimed at avoiding an interstate dispute over the project coming up across Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. The construction of the project is likely to submerge the villages and to avoid any interstate dispute. Time and again, if these leaders create ruckus over every demand and calls for bandh, it is not the solution. Common man’s life stalls because of this and they have been already gone through lots of brutality during separation. This is certainly not justice to the citizens of Andhra and humanity.

Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 14 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News (international). She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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