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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

If you cannot do justice, do not bifurcate State: Vijayamma writes to PM

Vijayamma Letter - YSRCP
"We are very sad at the developments in Andhra Pradesh which we believe are the result of the policies being followed by Congress Party,"  YSR Congress Party honorary president YS Vijayamma said in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
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Congress Party in‐charge for Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh announcing the unilateral decisions taken by Congress Working Committee (CWC) as Central Government policies with the consent of UPA allies has split the state into two. It has also whipped up regional passions and created a wide wedge between people of the two regions.
We express our deep concern over the decision that is bereft of considerations on vital issues like, Hyderabad, employment, jobs, industrial sector, IT, sharing of river waters and the like. Anticipating the unilateral decision, our MLAs had resigned on July 25 from the Assembly while the division decision was taken after the CWC meeting, and UPA Coordination Committee meeting which were held on July 30.
Doing justice to one region does not mean causing injustice to the other regions. This fundamental principle was ignored by Congress Party which has priorities in votes and seats. It is not fair on part of the Centre to keep with it the powers of restructuring any State unless it can take decisions that would be agreeable to concerned parties without   injustice to any region. This is the view expressed by three political parties‐ YSR Congress Party, MIM and CPI(M). If you cannot do justice, do not bifurcate the State and maintain status quo—this is the stand of the three parties.
How can Congress say that it has arrived at 100 per cent consensus among all political parties on the division issue when elected public representatives from Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra are resigning and the two regions are boiling with strikes and dharnas? Only five political parties have agreed for the bifurcation. They are: TDP, TRS, Congress, CPI and BJP.

While one party is thinking only in terms of votes and seats, some of the opposition parties are worried that they may be deprived of the credit for bifurcation, and are not reacting to the situation suitably. Whom should we tell our plight to? The Centre is trying to elicit our assent at gun‐point. The authoritarian ruling party has scant respect to our feelings and cares little. It is going ahead as per its will and pleasure, irrespective of others’ opinion. Under such situation, boasting that there is 100 per cent consensus is nothing but misrepresentation.

Why is the ruling party resorting to such tactics?

When crores of people are protesting against the division, why is it playing with their lives?

YSR Congress Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and myself have quit from the Lok Sabha and Assembly respectively on 10 Congress, on the other hand has taken the decision on the basis of sheer arithmetic and the number of seats it could win. Our resignations, we hope, will force the Government to rethink on the issue and the decision will be revoked in larger interest of the people in the state.  

Besides resigning, we  have highlighted the fall‐out of division in the Open Letter. We are enclosing a copy of the letter for your perusal. We urge that the decision taken by the Government should be beyond political considerations and like that of a Statesman.

- Sakshipost

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