State division is now national issue: YSRCP

Dec 11, 2013: Asserting that the injustice being done to Andhra Pradesh has
become a national issue, YSR Congress has said that it is only YS Jagan Mohan
Reddy who is putting in all efforts to keep the state united while the Chief
Minister and TDP President are helping in the Centre in the process of dividing
the State.

“YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is always in
the frontline in fighting against Sonia Gandhi and the Centre to keep the state
united while Chandrababu Naidu even now did not spell out what the demand is
for giving the no confidence notice and Kiran Kumar Reddy is has been speaking
out of frustration,” party senior leader Konatala Ramakrishna told reporters
here on Wednesday.

As the draft Bill will be coming to
the Assembly, it is for the Chief Minister and N Chandrababu Naidu to create
constitutional crisis and send the Bill back to keep the state united.

“While all Seemandhra leaders,
cutting across party lines, have resigned after P Chidambaram announced of the
Telangana state, which forced the Centre to rethink on the process why was such
an act not repeated after the CWC nod and the Centre’s announcement for
dividing the State.

 This clearly shows that the Chief
Minister and Naidu are helping the Centre in the division process. It was only
YS Jagan Mohan Reddy who had toured the entire country to bring a consensus
among the leaders of national and regional parties on the injustice being done
in the division process and the imperative need to amend article 3 as the party
in power at Centre could split any strong state for political considerations.

His contention that there should an
assembly resolution by two-thirds majority and should be passed by both Houses
of Parliament with the same majority has been well received and it has become a
point of discussion at national level, “he said.

For the past two days the national
capital is agog with the talk about the undemocratic division of our State.
Political parties like TMC, AIADMK, CPI, CPI (M) and others have extended
support to the amendment to article 3.

Chief Minister has been telling that
that the draft Bill will be defeated in the Assembly but whether there will be
a voting on it or will it only be confined to discussion is the big question.
Our leader has demanded time and again to convene the assembly and adopt a
resolution against the division of the state to pre-empt such a situation but
his view point was not taken.

Now the only way out is to create a
constitutional crisis to stop the discussion of the Bill and it is in the hands
of Kiran Kumar Reddy and Chandrababu Naidu to keep the state united. If the
members, cutting across party lines react in the same way as they have done on
December 10, 2009 things may work out in favour of the united state, he said.

The talk of a new political party is
also doing rounds but it will lack credibility if they say that they have
floated a new party as they could not stall the division process. On the contrary
it will infer that they helped the Centre to divide the State, he said. Of the
25 MPs from Seemandhra only, 12 more have to sign the no confidence motion
which shows their lack of commitment to the united state.

Chandrababu Naidu has always been
helping Congress both at Centre and in the State and lacks clarity on the
issue. While his party cadre is divided on regional lines, the leadership has
been sidetracking the main issue and speaking of packages and other insipid

When asked about the support sought
by BJP, he said: we told the BJP President Rajnath Singh that though his party
in favour of smaller states, the assembly was taken into consideration while
dividing three states during NDA term. But in case of Andhra Pradesh the
procedure was not followed and it is being done unilaterally.

“The need of the hour is to keep the
State united and YSR Congress stands for it and supports anyone coming forward
with the same agenda,” he said.

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