Reddy warns of terror in divided Andhra

ReddyAndhra Pradesh MPs after the meeting in New Delhi on Monday. Prem Nath Pandey

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy Monday gave the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Telangana a number of reasons why the state shouldn't be bifurcated it would lead to the possible return of Naxals, besides po-wer shortage, unemployment and water-sharing problems.

"I gave my views that there is a possibility that Naxals might return to Andhra as well as Telangana because of small and weak governments," Reddy said later. "There is a danger that Hyderabad may be targeted (by terrorists) if we drop our guard. Communal unrest is also a possibility."

The Telangana Bill will be sent to the Andhra Pradesh assembly on November 27 for a resolution. Reddy stressed before the GoM that dividing the state was like creating a bigger problem to solve a smaller problem. The CM presented his views on all the 11 terms of references given to the GoM, which completed its consultations with parties and leaders from Andhra Pradesh today.

Reddy is learnt to have hinted that if the Congress and the Centre go ahead with bifurcation, he and other Congress leaders of the Seeman-dhra region could part ways with the Congress. The CM told the GoM water sharing will became a major problem especially for Seemandhra. "Either there will be no water in the dams and irrigation projects, or if there is a flood, some cities like Vijayawada will be inundated. If there is a flood in either Krishna or Godavari, it will become very difficult for two separate states to coordinate with Central Water Commission and other agencies and regulate the release. I said all this at the GoM," he said.

"Thousands of students from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema go to Hyderabad for higher education. Where will they all go to study if the state is divided like this?" the CM asked. "The only solution to solving a problem is to get a solution, not creating a bigger problem. Division will create bigger problems for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh," he said, and sought a financial package of Rs 1 lakh crore to Telangana rather than dividing the state.

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