Hyderabad: Union Minister Jairam Ramesh today ridiculed his cabinet colleague from Seemandhra Chirnjeevi for his googly and raising a banner of revolt in Parliament when Telangana bill was taken up. “We did not expect him to protest against the bifurcation bill, but Chiranjeevi did it raising many an eyebrow”, he remarked.
Talking to the media at Gandhi Bhavan, along with PCC Chief Botcha Satyanarayana, the Union minister criticized the Opposition parties BJP, TDP and YSRCP for their stance on Telangana bill in Parliament. He ridiculed BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu for trying to put unnecessary hurdles by seeking clarity on special status for Seemandhra when Parliament was passing the bill. He also took exception to TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu and YSRCP president YS Jaganmohan Reddy for reversing their stands on State bifurcation issue.
Stating that an expert committee would submit its report on new capital for the residuary State, Ramesh said the President is likely to give his assent on Telangana bill shortly which will be known as Notified Day, while Appointed Day will come into effect when the two States are formed in two to three months. A political discussion, not by the Cabinet, was going on whether to put in place a new popular government or President’s Rule, he said. He also slammed outgoing chief minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy for crossing “Lakshman Rekha” attracting action from the high command.
The Union Minister maintained that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh through his six point formula announced that residual State will get Rs 50,000 crores towards five years of special status, besides constructing Polavaram through Central funds. Except making Hyderabad a Union Territory and merging Kurnool and Ananthapur districts into newly forming Telangana state, the Centre conceded almost all demands of Seemandhra leaders. IIT, AIMS, IIM, Petroleum varsity and infrastructure will come up in successor State besides construction of other projects will be completed and continuation of Art 371 D in both the states.