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Let Telangana be

When Arvind Kejriwal sat on a dharna some Congress members said he was creating anarchy. What they have to say about chief minister of Andhra Pradesh N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, tourism minister of India Chiranjeevi, HRD minister of India Pallam Raju, and many ministers and MPs sitting on dharna in Delhi? What about disruption caused by MPs in Parliament? What about bandhs enforced in Andhra Pradesh? Telugu politicians have come to blows outside Andhra Pradesh Bhavan. Battle for and against Telangana is fought in Delhi.
Congress had promised formation of Telangana in its manifesto. Those who oppose it knew it. They did not object it then. Some Telangana members like Keshava Rao waited for a long time for Congress to fulfil its promise and left it when they lost hope.
There would not have been Andhra Pradesh if it had not been separated from Madras in 1953. Telangana was added to Andhra Pradesh in 1956. Since then people of Telangana had wanted separation. Sometimes the movement was strong. Sometimes it was dormant. Since 2009 the movement has been unrelenting.
MPs who disrupt Parliament should be suspended. Congress together with its allies has majority in Lok Sabha and does not need BJP support to suspend disrupting MPs.
As one American diplomat wrote in a message Sonia Gandhi never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity. She had many opportunities to act decisively once the announcement for formation of Telangana was made in December 2009 and opposition erupted. Resignations of Andhra MLAs who resigned in protest should have been accepted. Instead the decision to form Telangana was put on hold. When CWC decided in favour of Telangana, resignations of union ministers should have been accepted. That did not happen. The problem got worse.
The solution is to form Telangana, declare President’s Rule in Andhra Pradesh, suspend MPs who disrupt Parliament, and accept resignations of ministers. Kurnool or Vishakhapatnam or Vijayawada can be capital of Andhra Pradesh.

Updated: February 6, 2014 — 8:34 am

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