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Telangana fallout: Centre had 'anticipated' Seemandhra uprising

With no let-up in protests in the Seemandhra region over the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, the government on Wednesday admitted it had anticipated "turbulence" before taking the decision.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2013 16:20 IST
Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
Telangana

With no let-up in protests in the Seemandhra region over the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, the government on Wednesday admitted it had anticipated "turbulence" before taking the decision.

"There is politics involved in it.....genuine grievances have also been made part of larger political interests," said an official source accompanying Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's team to Brunei where he will attend the ASEAN-India summit and East Asia Summit on Thursday.

The source rejected criticism that the Centre had failed to take into account public sentiments in Seemandhra areas while moving ahead on Telangana.

Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, commonly referred to as Seemandhra, have been on the boil ever since the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on July 30 gave its nod to the creation of Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh.

The violent protests intensified after the Union abinet endorsed the CWC decision on October 3.

However, the government hopes the situation will improve once the Group of Ministers (GoM) considers different aspects of the issue. "Once there is clarity on various aspects, including Hyderabad and division of assets and liabilities, we hope the worries will become much less," the source said. "Till then, we have to deal with this turbulence.... we have to negotiate and find a way forward."

The decision has not only triggered angry reactions from different political parties but caused rumblings within the Congress as well with Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy showing open defiance by calling the bifurcation move a "big mistake".

The simmering discontent in the region has also given rise to increased competitive politics with YSR Congress chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy and his arch-rival TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu both going on indefinite fast in protest against the decision.

"Every leader is taking a stand now," the source said.

The Congress has accused both the parties of opportunism and released letters written by the two parties to the UPA government supporting the formation of Telangana.