Hyderabad will burn if it is touched

T Congress leaders and all T parties protest against change in Hyd status
Hyderabad is not Kavuri’s jagir
Congress ministers have no right to agree to new proposals
Conspiracy by industrialists, says MRPS

Hyderabad: Cutting across party lines, the leaders of Congress, TRS and TJAC on Tuesday cautioned the Congress high command against making attempts to alter the status of Hyderabad to appease the Seemandhra leaders. While the minister for Labour Danam Nagender said that if the party high command decides to accord the status of Union Territory to Hyderabad, the city would be on boil.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of 69th birth anniversary celebrations of Rajiv Gandhi at Gandhi Bhavan, he said it was unfortunate that some senior leaders like Kavuri Sambasiva Rao were trying to make unacceptable and impractical suggestions like declaring Hyderabad as a separate state or union territory.

He said the Congress leaders from Hyderabad had kept quiet all these days only because the party high command had told them that it had decided to carve separate Telangana with 10 districts and Hyderabad as capital. But if it makes any move to alter the CWC decision, they will not keep quiet.

He said making Hyderabad as union territory would adversely affect the development of the city. Nagender said, he had spoken to the AICC general secretary and had sought time to meet the A K Antony committee where the leaders from Hyderabad including MLAs, MPs and ministers will make a presentation explaining why the status of Hyderabad should not be changed.

On the other hand, the TRS lashed at the Congress leaders for having given their nod to the Antony committee when it proposed to keep the law and order under the control of Central Government. Telangana Congressmen appear to be ignorant about history and other issues of the region and were hence voicing their irrational views on Hyderabad status, TRS leader Kadiam Srihari said at a press conference. He said the Congress leaders had no right to speak anything against the wishes and aspirations of the people of the region, Srihari said.

Former MP B Vinod said neither his party nor people of Telangana would accept tinkering with the status of Hyderabad. The decision to keep law and order under the control of Union Government failed miserably in New Delhi and hence there is no point in trying it again, he observed.

Another TRS leader K Tarakarama Rao said that even if 40 Congressmen agree for altering the status of Hyderabad, the four and half crore population of Telangana will not agree for it. He was also critical of Union Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao for demanding to make Hyderabad either a UT or separate State in the event of bifurcation. “Kavuri should remember that Hyderabad is not his ‘Jagir,” Rao added.

The Telangana JAC also condemned the stand taken by the elected representatives of the Congress regarding status of Hyderabad. TJAC co-chairman Mallepally Lakshmaiah said apprehensions were being created unnecessarily in the minds of the people about safety in Hyderabad. Talking to reporters here on Tuesday he said, there was no need for enacting a separate law as Constitution guarantees right to citizens to stay anywhere in the nation.

Lakshmaiah further stated that arguments of Seemandhra leaders were similar to the stand taken by Gujarati’s when they got separated from the State of Bombay. B R Ambedkar clearly said that Bombay belonged to Marathi’s. The same principle would also be applicable to Hyderabad, Lakshmaiah said.

The Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) leader Manda Krishna Madiga said Hyderabad was an integral part of Telangana region. He said the Samaikyandhra movement was only meant for protecting properties amassed by industrialists from the region. There is a big conspiracy going on to deny political empowerment for deprived sections, he added.

[Courtesy: The Hans India]

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