Fire from Andhra grills UPA
On 30th July 2013, the Congress working committee nodded for the formation of separate Telangana carving out 10 districts out of the 23 districts of Andhra Pradesh. The history of Telangana movement dates back to the 70s. Post independence the Indian Government under the regime of Jawaharlal Nehru, appointed the State Reorganization Committee (SRC) whose task was to analyze the pros and cons of the merger of the Telangana region of the then Hydrabad state with Andra state and report. The people and leaders of the Telangana region did not opt for the merger for they feared of partial treatment from the other side.
However the SRC recommended the union of the two regions on the basis of linguistic lines, and the United Andhra Pradesh was born officially on 1st of November 1956. The leaders in Telangana region agreed the merger after they were promised of impartial treatment and the safeguards for the people of this region was promised via a gentleman’s agreement. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gentlemen%27s_agreement_of_Andhra_Pradesh_%281956%29)
The union did manage to remain in peace without issues only for a short period of time. Proponents of the Telangana felt that the promises and agreements made were not honoured and the voice for Separate Telangana rose high by 1969 just 12 years after the formation of United Andhra. None of the centre’s pacifying actions and peace talks worked. From then on the agitation erupted every now and then.
In the past three months high drama is being staged across Andhra for and against the announcement of the formation of separate Telangana. The people from the Coastal Andhra and the Rayalaseema region strongly opt for the United Andhra while the people on the Telangana side are in festive mood expecting the D-day of separation.
For the ruling UPA under the regime of Dr. Manmohan Singh, the issue has been a nightmare from the day of its official announcement and the political twists that the crisis has given literally grills the UPA since last Friday. The state leaders from both the camps have inexorable pressure over the issue to ensure that the decision what ever made has to be on their favour, to retain the support of their people. This has forced them to stage indefinite strikes and other means of oppositon. The leader of the YSR Congress, Jaganmohan Reddy has begun his indefinite hunger strike from Sunday. Similarly the Telugu Desam Party leader Chandrababu Naidu has announced that he is to go on indefinite hunger strike in Delhi from today (Oct 7th).
The central ministers are also in the wake of proving their regional interest over this issue to win their people’s trust. It is this inevitable strain that has forced the cabinet ministers to resign and walk out of the party. Ministers queued up to quit with their resignation letters. In past three days HRD minister M.M. Pallam Raju, Tourism minister Chiranjeevi, Junior railway minister, K. Surya Prakash Reddy are the big names among quitters. All the ministers belong to Seemandra region (this is how the rest of the Andhra apart from Telangana is called for now). Perhaps this is something anticipated from the Congress. What so ever falling of the ‘Minister Dominos’ is not good for the ruling UPA.
The agitation in Seemandra region has intensified forcing curfew. With the electricity workers having gone for indefinite strike power crisis looms over Seemandra. The violence and looting has been reported in many regions. YSR leader Jagan has pointed his fingers on Sonia Gandhi, accusing her responsible for the crisis.
Wonder what would be the reasons behind this issue, which is being staged with such intensity? Well there are said to be some. Let us see it tomorrow.