After a brief lull due to cyclone Phailin and incessant rains, the anti-Telangana agitation has resumed in parts of Andhra Pradesh with chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy playing a pro-active role in the revival of protests.
Reddy yet again openly defied when he shot off separate letters to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, opposing the Centre’s move to create a separate state of Telangana. Mukherjee has forwarded the letter to the Union home ministry.
In a strongly-worded letter to the Prime Minister, Reddy compared the proposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to the Partition of India in 1947. “Being a personal victim of Partition…..the Prime Minister must understand our feeling of desperation and discrimination in the manner in which the whole exercise is being carried out,” he reminded Singh.
Reddy reiterated his charge that the Centre was going to divide the state without doing any homework.
In his letter to the President, he requested him to direct the Centre to seek resolution on the division of the state from the legislature, as per the established conventions. “The minimum we expect from the Centre is to follow established practices and conventions,” Reddy said.
The central leaders have interpreted Reddy’s move as an attempt on his part to provoke the party high command to show him the door and make him a “martyr” for his “relentless and rebellious campaign” to keep the state united.
Andhra Congress sources said it was at Reddy’s behest that about 50 party leaders from the Seemandhra region met the President on Thursday to plead for respecting the assembly’s majority opinion on the proposed division.
They also said that Reddy is disobeying the party leadership and stoking passions in Seemandhra as he is exploring the possibility of forming a separate party for which he has already discussed the modalities with his confidantes.