Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy revolts against Centre on division of Andhra Pradesh
December 7, 2013 - Hyderabad
Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy in a high emotional speech accused the Congress high command for going ahead with the division of the State of Andhra Pradesh while inaugurating the RS.1,800 crore the Pulichintala project across the Krishna river on Saturday.
Addressing at a well-attended meeting held at Swaraj Maidan in Vijayawada, raising his voice high against the decision of bifurcation of the State, he said 'We will see how the Bill is passed in Parliament. United Andhra Pradesh is not just a slogan, it is our policy', he said. The Chief Minister accused his party central leadership of being ungrateful to the people of Andhra Pradesh by punishing them of dividing them when they stood by the Congress during the most difficult times. He said that they had sent 33 Congress MPs to the Lok Sabha during the last general elections. In a high tempo, he said that they closed their eyes and ears when 6.5 lakh Seemandhra Employees were on strike?, he said that he is fighting for keeping the State united and accused of the Congress for not hearing the sentiments of the people of the Seemandhra region hurting the sentiments of 75 per cent people. He said that they will defeat the Bill in the Assembly when it comes. He said that let the Centre can make Jagan Mohan Reddy, KCR or Chandrababu Naidu or anyone but wanted not to bifurcate the State. He said that the 'intellectuals in Delhi should re-consider the decision', he said.
Banking on President
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy is now banking heavily on the President to give sufficient time to the Assembly to debate the Bill. He is hoping that the President would go by earlier presidents and give at least 30 days for the discussion. Sources said that even if 10 days are given, Kiran Kumar Reddy wants all MLAs to be given an opportunity to speak either in favour or against division and once the Bill is referred to Parliament, he may resign without waiting for the central leadership to take action against him.
TRS flays Kiran Kumar Reddy's outburst
TRS has taken objection over Chief Minister Reddy's outburst and asked whether he was oblivious the fact that separate Telangana was the ambition of over four crore people of the region and a result of suicide by 1200 Telangana martyrs. TRS MLA KT Rama Rao wondered whether Kiran Kumar Reddy was revolting against Congress high command as he feared losing his position. He dared him to resign forthwith and seek election from somewhere in Telangana to test his view that the integrated Sate was the solution to all problems.