Several opposition leaders said on Friday that the UPA-II regime has createda civil war-like situation in Andhra Pradesh by going ahead with plans to create a separate state of Telangana.
Bharatiya Janata Party leader Yashwant Sinha said that the Centre has mishandled the issue of statehood, and created a civil war-like situation in Andhra Pradesh. "Here they (the Centre) have created a near civil war situation in Andhra Pradesh by inept handling. This government has mishandled everything and the latest chapter in this mishandling is the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh," Sinha said.
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Naresh Agarwal said bifurcation would reduce the administrative capacity of the two divided regions. "Samajwadi Party is against the bifurcation of states. We believe that if a state is bifurcated, its administrative capacity will reduce, and the bifurcated states will not be able to sustain themselves. The decision to create Telangana is not in the interest of the country. It is a political move, to create tensions between the bifurcated states," Agarwal said.
Defending the bifurcation, Congress leader Jagdambika Pal said the government is trying its best to ensure that development of both regions takes place. "Hyderabad will be the capital of both Andhra Pradesh and Telangana for the next 10 years so that both states can flourish. We are keeping in account the interest of people from both sides. We have done our best to remove any regional imbalance in the region. The cabinet's decision was appropriate," he said.
The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the creation of a new state of Telangana by bifurcating the existing state of Andhra Pradesh. The city of Hyderabad will function as the common capital for both states for a period of ten years. The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of a Group of Ministers (GoM) to work out the various legal and administrative measures to ensure the safety and security of the residents of all the regions of the State including the guarantee of fundamental rights.
The Union Cabinet further approved that the GoM will go into the various issues which concern both the States and suggest appropriate measures to address them. The GoM will also work out the modalities for the provision of special financial disbursements required for the setting up of a new capital for the residuary State of Andhra Pradesh and to meet the special needs of the backward regions and districts of the two States.