Telangana Rashtra Samithi Chief K Chandrasekhara Rao who raised hackles in Seema-Andhra with his ‘Leave Hyderabad’ slogans earlier has now called for an interstate security board, post-division of Andhra Pradesh, to allay fears of Seema-Andhra people settled in Telangana, especially Hyderabad.
In his letter on Sunday to the union home ministry on terms of reference of the GoM on state bifurcation, KCR supported the Telangana movement as totally non-violent based on the Gandhian principles and added that there was no need for apprehensions in future when Telangana is formed.
However, KCR adds, “TRS feels that to allay fears, if necessary, a Security Board could be set with the Chief Secretaries, DGP's, Home Secretaries and Central Government representatives to oversee and ensure a structural adequacy and functional efficiency and integrity of the police force in both states.”
The Board, whose functions, powers and responsibilities be defined and agreed to by the two State Governments and the Centre, can allow community interface to ensure security of all citizens, KCR suggested.
A few days after the Congress decision on July 30 to bifurcate the state, KCR said that the Seema-Andhra government employees must leave Hyderabad for the new capital. The comments agitated the employees, who insecure over their jobs and future in Hyderabad, went for a two month strike against division.
KCR also displayed magnanimity when he asked the centre for “a liberal financial package spread over three years,” for the residuary state’s capital.
At same time, KCR hinted that he might not like to share Hyderabad as the common capital for long. “Using modern technology, the entire capital complex, perhaps the best in the country can be made ready for occupation, well within two to three years.”
The centre had proposed to make Hyderabad a common capital for 10 years.
In wake of rumors that Hyderabad could be made a Union Territory or have centre’s authority over it, the TRS chief made it clear that the overall policing of Telangana including Hyderabad must remain with its government.
The home ministry has last week asked the eight political parties of the state to submit their views, by Tuesday, on terms of reference of a GoM constituted to carry forward the UPA government’s decision to split AP and to create Telangana.
The Congress and TDP are still in a dilemma, given the fractured opinion on regional lines in the parties.
But the YSRCP president Y S Jaganmohan Reddy shot off a strongly worded letter to the centre saying that they would stand against any move to divide the state.
“Our party is committed to an integrated AP. Since the Group of Ministers is set up to facilitate the division we oppose the GoM. We request you to kindly roll back the decision to bifurcate AP, in the larger interest of democracy,” Reddy wrote to the centre on Sunday.
The GoM headed by home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde would meet for the third time on Thursday.