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If ordinance can be taken back, why not Telangana decision, asks Jagan Reddy

Agencies  Hyderabad, October 04, 2013
First Published: 13:04 IST(4/10/2013) | Last Updated: 22:43 IST(4/10/2013)

YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy on Friday attacked the Centre for the Telangana move and blamed it for taking the decision with an eye on the elections.

“If ordinance can be taken back, then why not the Telangana decision be taken back too," he asked  in Telegu at a press conference and called upon Seemandhra MPs to resign in protest.

The bone of contention is the cabinet nod to a note prepared by the home ministry that outlines the plan for how Andhra Pradesh will be bifurcated. According to it, Hyderabad will be shared for 10 years as the capital of the old and new state.

Jagan said that he would undertake an indefinite fast here from tomorrow against the Centre's decision.

A delegation of YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) would go to Delhi to meet the President and others to highlight the injustice being meted out to Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema, Jagan told reporters.

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The agitations being organised by his party would continue across the state, he said. He wondered how can the state be divided without the important issue being taken up in the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly, which has been the well-established practice.

Highlighting the dispute between states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, he asked how the water would be shared post the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. He also highlighted the problem of revenue for the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh without Hyderabad, from where major chunk of revenue comes. Seeking to mount pressure on TDP, he said the main Opposition should change its stance in favour of united Andhra Pradesh.

(With inputs from PTI)


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