The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to create the new state of Telangana in March 2014 was “the most difficult decision” of the then UPA government, former union minister Jairam Ramesh has told HT.
“...the bifurcation of Telangana turned out to be the most difficult, most agonising and as it turned out, the most thankless decision,” said Ramesh, whose latest book “Old History New Geography: Bifurcating Andhra Pradesh” has hit the stands.
Ramesh also indicated that YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s death in a chopper accident was a turning point in the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. “I have written in my book that YSR’s death gave KCR life. YSR was a strong, resourceful and a daredevil leader. His death orphaned the Congress party in Andhra Pradesh. The other decisive point was home minister P Chidambaram’s statement on December 9 2009 at 11.30 PM that gave boost to the demand of Telangana,” said Ramesh, who was earlier an MP from Andhra Pradesh.
The statement had come in the backdrop of TRS party chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s ongoing fast.
The former minister, who played a key role in preparing the Andhra Pradesh bifurcation bill, admitted that there was a division in the Congress party on the contentious issue but also accused the Narendra Modi-led government of depriving the people of Andhra Pradesh.
“BJP leader LK Advani earlier wrote a letter saying we oppose the creation of Telangana. But later they became a great supporter of the Telangana movement. Now, Modi had betrayed the people of Andhra Pradesh as commitments made by Modi’s predecessor, Manmohan Singh of special category status were not honoured by the NDA government. NDA has not supported the building of the new capital. Modi is doing his best to undercut Naidu. BJP is trying to discredit TDP in Andhra. It is not implementing the reorganisation law.”