New Delhi: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday pooh-poohed the resignation drama being enacted by some Union Ministers and Congress MPs from the Seemandhra protesting against Telangana State formation.
Taking the resignation move by his own ministerial colleagues and party leaders from the region in a lighter vein, Shinde quipped “ Such reactions and actions are common in such situations” and added that there was nothing new about it.
The Union Home Minister pointed out that some of his ministerial colleagues from the region had expressed some apprehensions over the decision to carve out a separate Telangana state. Their concerns would be kept in view and appropriate measures would be taken to resolve them, he added.
Exuding confidence that naxalite problem would not crop up with the formation of Telangana state, the Union Home Minister reminded that Andhra Pradesh was one of the states which had played a pivotal role in crushing the naxal menace. There was no question of naxalite problem cropping up in Telangana after bifurcation of AP. As a matter of fact the naxal problem, if any, would also come down drastically even in the Seemandhra, he observed and was confident the problems could be effectively tackled by both the new states.
Meanwhile the AICC General Secretary in charge of party affairs in Andhra Pradesh, Digvijay Singh asserted that nothing could prevent the formation of a separate Telangana State.
When his attention was drawn to violent agitation erupting in Rayalaseema and Costal Andhra districts, Digvijay Singh told the media at Indore that there was no going back on the decision to form a Telangana State even under adverse conditions and agitations. He once again reminded that the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh was taken only after leaders from both the regions had agreed to abide by any decision of the High Command.
Recalling his discussions and consultations with the leaders of all parties from the state, the AICC General Secretary said that only after ascertaining their views the T exercise was started. Even the TDP and YSR Congress parties have supported the Telangana State formation. If these two parties now back out, the Congress would not retract its decision, he declared.