New Delhi, Oct 7 (INN): AICC General Secretary and Incharge of Andhra Pradesh Congress Affairs Digvijay Singh promised a package for the development of Seemandhra region.
“Assure all Seemandhra people of their genuine concern of Security in H’bad Education, Health Employment and package for Development,” Digvijay Singh tweeted on Monday. He also appealed to the Seemandhra employees to suspend their strike and resume their duties. “They are losing their salaries and causing hardship to people,” he tweeted.
Speaking to media persons later, Digvijay Singh said that the Congress party took its decision on Telangana only after holding consultation processes. “Telangana issue is not new. The demand was raised several times and the Centre had reacted to them. Even the first State Reorganisation Commission recommended Telangana,” he said.
Digvijay Singh said that when Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy was the Leader of the Opposition, a group of Congress legislators made representation to the then President of India on Telangana issue. Subsequently, Telangana was mentioned in the 2004 Congress manifesto and also in Presidential Address of 2004. The Pranab Mukherjee Committee and Union Home Ministers held consultations with all the stake holders, he said.
“The Congress party took the decision only after all parties gave in writing their support for Telangana. They can change their stand, but we cannot,” he said.
Digvijay Singh said that special focus would be given to the backward areas of Seemandhra region. Further, the Centre would address the concerns of those living in Hyderabad, their security, education, rights and the employees’ welfare. He said that the AK Antony Committee was in receipt of representations by different groups and the same would be submitted to the Group of Ministers through Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Further, the Centre will consider giving tax concessions for the region.
He appealed to the Seemandhra employees to end their strike in the interest of public. They are losing their salaries while people are being put to hardship. There is no power in several areas of Seemandhra region. The power is being generated, but it could not be distributed due to the strike.
He also condemned the violence in Seemandhra region, especially in Vizianagaram. He said he had spoken to Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy about the latest situation and asked him to provide security all sections of the people. When asked about the criticism of TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu faulting the process of announcing Telangana, he asked Naidu to explain what should have been the process. (INN)