New Delhi: As the Congress prepares to take a decision on bifurcating Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana, additional forces have been rushed to the state by the Union Home Ministry to maintain law and order.
Union Home Ministry is in touch with the Andhra Pradesh DGP to monitor the law and order situation in the state. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary had recently met MHA officials to discuss the law and order situation.
According to reports, 10 additional companies of paramilitary forces have been sent to the state as India moves closer to getting the 29th state in the form of Telangana. Additional forces, along with the existing 1,200 paramilitary personnel, are expected to be deployed in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, where protests may erupt if the Centre takes a decision in favour of bifurcating Andhra Pradesh for creating Telangana.
Sources said apart from the central forces, 200 personnel of Karnataka Armed Police and 100 personnel of Tamil Nadu Armed Police are stationed in Hyderabad and its adjoining areas to assist the state police in maintaining the law and order. Besides, there are around 4,000 paramilitary personnel currently engaged in anti-Naxal operations in Andhra Pradesh.
Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Monday said that a decision on bifurcating Andhra Pradesh to create Telangana will be taken at the Congress Working Committee meet. However, Digvijaya clarified that the he was not aware about the agenda of CWC meet.
The UPA Coordination Committee and the Congress Working Committee are likely to meet on Tuesday at 5.30 pm to decide on the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana. According to reports, Congress is likely to give the go ahead for creating Telangana.
In 2001, the CWC had passed a resolution asking for the creation of a state’s reorganising committee to pave way for the creation of a smaller states, one of them being Telangana.
The Congress is caught in a bind as many Andhra leaders are opposing Telangana. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, too, is reportedly opposed to the decision saying the bifurcation will cause water and power problems for the new state which will have an area of 1.14 lakh sq km and a population of 3.52 crore according to the 2011 census which is 41 per cent of Andhra Pradesh.
With the top Congress leadership appearing to have veered towards creation of Telangana, Congress MPs from the rest of Andhra Pradesh, too, have opposed any division of the state while a party MP from Telangana region had said that the government should go ahead with the decision.
Congress leader from Telangana V Hanumantha Rao demanded that the new state should be created immediately. “They are repeating the same things. There is no movement in Andhra. Our leadership is very strong. It is an oldest issue. Our leader is Sonia Gandhi. Telangana people want a separate Telangana. No one can question the high command. Our first interest is Telangana. The high command may take any action as today most of the parties are supporting Telangana,” he said.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) too has demanded that the new state be created immediately while leaders of Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh are unwilling to give up the state capital Hyderabad.
Even as the Congress seems to be split wide open over granting Telangana by dividing Andhra Pradesh, BJP leaders have claimed that the party will form the separate state of Telangana within 24 hours of coming to power.
The issue first came out in the open in 1960s after students of Osmania University in Hyderabad protested discrimination against people from Telangana. Since then the demand of the separate statehood has been raised by the people and political parties of Telangana region continuously.
The Telangana Tangle:
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)
Telugu Desam Party