Hyderabad: In a development that can further fuel the Telangana movement presently splintered on political lines,it turns out that there are at least five ministers in CM K Rosaiahs cabinet ready to back colleague Botsa Satyanarayanas demand for bifurcation. Panchayati raj minister Botsa told TOI on Tuesday: I am not alone in advocating the two-state theory.I said whatever I wanted to say with all sincerity.Let others debate what I said.I want to keep quiet for a couple of days. Congress sources said the five ministers all from coastal areas and representing a combination of castes (2 Kapus,2 BCs and 1 Dalit) are hesitant to come out in the open.Being junior,they apprehend that seniors and those supporting a unified AP will make life difficult for them if they become vocal, said a party leader.
According to Botsa supporters,he has received some backing from his caste brethren from the region which has been under the influence of the Samaikhya Andhra movement.Apart from ministers,several MLAs from the region have supported the minister, claimed a source close to Botsa. According to the ministers backers,the support for Botsa is strong in Guntur,Krishna,East and West Godavari apart from north coastal Andhra.Many people from Krishna-Guntur feel the movement for a united AP is denying the region a chance to have its own capital,which could open avenues for development, claims a leader.
In a related development,maverick politician Hariram Jogaiah is all set to submit before the B R Srikrishna committee that Cyberabad be made the second capital of India and centrally administered.In his submission to the panel,Jogaiah says more than 50 lakh people from the coast live in Hyderabad. Greater Hyderabad is divided into two regions,Hyderabad and Cyberabad.Of the two areas, good number of Seema-Andhras live in Cyberabad.As a compromise,it is better to declare Cyberabad as a centrally administered area and make it the second capital of India leaving Hyderabad as the capital of Telangana, his submission states. Further,Jogaiah wanted Cyberabad to serve as capital of the Andhra-Seema region for the next 10 years till a new capital is decided on.According to the former MP,while Visakhapatnam,Rajahmundry,Eluru,Vijayawada-Guntur,Ongole,Tirupati and Kurnool towns figure in the demand for the new capital if the state is divided,there seems to be no agreement on them, and, there-fore,Cyberabad can be declared as the centrally administered area.
T ministers meet to finalise strategy
Telangana ministers held a preliminary meeting here on Tuesday to discuss the strategy to be adopted while presenting their views to the Srikrishna committee.The ministers,who met in the chambers of assembly leader J Geeta Reddy,discussed the ways to present their case convincingly to the committee members on Thursday.Geeta Reddy said the modalities would be finalised in the next 24 hours at another meeting.The ministers present at the meeting included Geeta Reddy,Lakshmaiah,Sabita Indra Reddy,D K Aruna,Ramreddy Venkat Reddy,D Sridhar Babu and party chief whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka.Speaking to reporters,Geeta Reddy said other cabinet colleagues could not attend the meet as it was convened at a short notice.Another meeting would be held in the next 24 hours where the views of all ministers would be given due consideration.TNN
T-JAC cant trust Andhra,Rseema evaluators
Hyderabad: Telangana Joint Action Committee (T-JAC ) members have demanded that the Board of Intermediate Education (BIE) should not send answer papers of Telangana students to Andhra and Rayalaseema regions for valuation.They said that the evaluators might not be objective in awarding marks to Telangana students if regional sentiment came into play. Representatives of BJP,TDP and TRS lead by T-JAC convener Kodandaram met G Balaramaiah,secretary,BIE,here on Tuesday.In a petition submitted to him,the JAC members said that some students from the region overwhelmed by the movement might be tempted to write Jai Telangana slogan on their answer papers and reveal their nativity to evaluators from the Andhra region.The students might be penalised for wearing their regional sentiments on their sleeves.If the answer papers of Telangana students are evaluated by experts from the same region then such a problem would not arise, the petition contended.Telangana activists and junior college lecturers associations from the Telangana region had put forth the same argument around one and half months ago.
The board had submitted a report a month ago on the demand of the agitators.The government has not replied to it so far, Balaramaiah said.He,however,added that he would forward the requests of the T-JAC to the minister for secondary education. When asked about the risks of sending answer papers from one region to another,he allayed any such fears and said the chance of evaluators identifying their origin was remote.The district code will be removed and hence from which district the answer papers have come will remain confidential.So,there is no need for people to worry, Balaramaiah assured.
Youth attempts suicide
A youth tried to commit suicide at Ganeshnagar of Jagityal mandal on Tuesday over the delay in formation of Telangana state.Agulla Veeraswamy,27,poured kerosene on himself and lit the match before jumping into his agricultural well.Veeraswamys condition is critical as he suffered 60 per cent burns.TNN
Guv faces T students fury
Students of Acharya N G Ranga Agricultural University (Angrau) on Tuesday tried to prevent governor E S L Narasimhan from attending the vice-chancellors conference organised at their university premises here.The governor was stopped at the entrance of the university by the slogan-shouting students.The students demanded that the governor support Tcause.With around 50 students surrounding Narasimhan, police personnel had a tough time in taking him to the meeting venue.The governor,however,refused to interact with the students,15 of whom were arrested.TNN