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Uneasy calm prevails as two states separate

Prasad Nichenametla, Hindustan Times  Hyderabad, June 02, 2014
First Published: 00:28 IST(2/6/2014) | Last Updated: 09:02 IST(2/6/2014)

The catchphrase of the Telangana politicians — let us separate as brothers and live peacefully ever after — seems to be a bit difficult these days.

As Telangana state is being formed on Monday, uneasiness is evident — between Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the chief minister-designates of Telangana and Seemandhra respectively to the employees from the two regions in the state secretariat.

It is uncertain if the two leaders, who were party colleagues and allies in the 2009 elections, would be attending each other’s swearing-in ceremonies.

KC Rao is taking oath on June 2 in Hyderabad whereas Naidu’s swearing in is scheduled to take place on June 8 near Guntur in Seemandhra.

The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh came on a sour note, after years of protests, agitations and counter agitations that led to an animosity between the two regions.

But in what could be detrimental to a cordial atmosphere are the Telangana and Seemandhra sides sparring over various issues.

On Thursday, a bandh call was given by KC Rao in Telangana.

The TRS is protesting an ordinance which it says was brought in arbitrarily by the Narendra Modi government (of which TDP is a part) transferring parts of Khammam district to Seemandhra for the sake of the Polavaram Project.

TDP had asked TRS not to make it an issue with the leader saying they would demand Hyderabad be made a union territory if TRS does not budge on the project that benefits Seemandhra farmers. 

Another major issue both states face is the allocation of employees between the two secretariats.

A few days back, KC Rao said that he would not allow a single Seemandhra employee in the Telangana secretariat.
 
With the prevailing tensions, the government went for an ad hoc arrangement suspending the final postings for a later day.

K Tarakarama Rao, a TRS MLA and the son of KC Rao said his party actions were meant only to protect interests of the Telangana people.

“A disagreement over one or two issues does not spell doom (for the future peace between the two states),” Rao, who is likely to get an important berth in KC Rao’s cabinet, told HT.


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