Hyderabad: Saying the bifurcation of state is an ‘unjustness’, YSR Congress Party President YS Jaganmohan Reddy warned that the state will turn into ‘desert’ if it is divided for political benefits.
He was speaking to Seemandhra Lawyers JAC at his residence when the JAC leaders met Jagan and sought his cooperation to intensify the ongoing united Andhra agitation.
Explaining water sharing problems to be faced by two regions in case the state divided, Jagan said Coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema and South Telangana districts will bear the brunt because Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar reservoirs will not get Krishna water in the divided state. ‘Water wars’ will take place in the two separate states. He also said that the entire stretch covering Kuppam to Srikakulam will face acute water crisis once the state divided.
The YSR party leader also pointed out that, since the state capital alone contributed 50 per cent of the total state budget, the financial position will also be weakened in the divided states. Revenues generated in two state will not meet at least the expenditure incurred on employees salaries .
In a scathing attack on Congress and TDP, Jagan alleged that Congress conspired to divide the state for ‘votes and seats’ and the Telugu Desam wanted to protect its ‘votes and seats’ in the next general election by politicizing the bifurcation issue.