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‘Seemandhra ministers would continue to block T-bill’

‘Seemandhra ministers would continue to block T-bill’
He also said their demand for Union Territory Status for Hyderabad, the capital of southern state of Andhra Pradesh was ‘non-negotiable’.

‘We will continue to protest. We will continue to raise the same issues... I will be in Parliament to block the bill,’ Rao, a senior Congress leader, told reporters here.

The textiles minister said all his ministerial colleagues from the Seemandhra region will join him to block the bill in the Lower House. Rao presented four demands for arriving at a peaceful solution to the ‘burning’ problem.

He said that Hyderabad should be made a Union Territory at least for 10 years till the people of Seemandhra built their own capital. The bill should have a provision to add Anantapur and Karnool districts be part of Telangana, Rao said.

He asked the Indian government to give Bhadrachalam division, which has been made part of Khammam district in Telangana, to Seemandhra.

Amendments should be brought in the bill for the transfer of villages in Bhadrachalam division to Andhra state so that it would benefit of Seemandhra region, Rao said.

The minister said the government incorporate in the bill that from the consolidate fund of India, it would provide enough money to Seemandhra state for constructing a new capital and other infrastructure.

Listing out all these demands, Rao said, if the government agrees to it before Monday, all the MPs from Seemandhra will support the bill.

Jagan meets BJP chief, seeks support against AP bifurcation

To garner more support to prevent the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress Party chief Jaganmohan Reddy has sought support from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and met party President Rajnath Singh on Friday.

BJP, who had already, took a stand in favouring the plan of creating a separate Telangana state, claimed that Reddy’s request will be discussed again among the senior party leaders before committing anything to him.

Soon after the meeting, Reddy while addressing the media persons expressed his hope in the party president (Rajnath Singh). ‘I am hopeful that other opposition parties would oppose the proposal to split Andhra Pradesh,’ Reddy said. He said, ‘We had a very detailed discussion over the Telengana issue. He assured us that he would be discussing the matter with his party colleagues and a decision on the Telangana Bill would be taken very soon.’

‘I am hopeful that wisdom would dawn upon all opposition parties and all of them would stand up against this injustice,’ he added.

Meanwhile, another party leader Atun Jaitley, said, ‘The UPA has now completely collapsed on dispute resolution in relation to creation of a State of Telengana. It has unleashed forces within its own party which it no longer can control. The disturbance is not by mainstream Opposition but by UPA’s own members. The Prime Minister Office and the Home Ministry are completely paralyzed.’

Considering the current situation in the union ministry, he said, ‘It is still not too late to pick up the threads and work towards a larger consensus. Issues such as creation of a capital for Seemandhra, eventual creation of a separate High Court in Seemandhra, compensating the region with regard to the loss of revenue caused by a bifurcation, comfort level with regard to water and power in the regions are amongst other issues which are capable of being resolved.’
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