Hyderabad: The people of Andhra region in general are not against bifurcation of the State and formation of separate Talangana. It is only the Seemandhra capitalists, who were opposed to it, as they have acquired huge lands and properties in and around the State Capital and developed vested interests.
This view is being expressed by a majority of the people hailing from the weaker sections in the Seemandhra region, who are organising ‘Jai Saamajika Andhra” and who are propagating Dr B R Ambedkar’s policy that small states would help and benefit the people of lower castes. The Jai Saamajika Andhra protagonists are totally supporting the separate Telangana movement. The Jai Saamajikaandhra movement leaders are alleging that the Seemandhra capitalists were making every effort to throttle their voice, apart from bringing pressure on the Centre and influencing them in favour of united State. The disturbances created by the followers of the Lok Sabha member, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, when the separate Andhra leaders organized a meeting at Vijayawada on July 24, was a best example of such efforts, said a leader of Samaajikaandhra movement. Instances of similar nature were many; but the media which is controlled by the Seemandhra capitalists was not giving due propaganda for the separate Andhra movement.
The leaders of separate Andhra movement are also of the opinion that the capitalists of Seemandhra region, who have actually done injustice to their own region by not investing there but pumping huge investments in and around Hyderabad, were now hell bent on continuing the injustices to their region. If a separate Andhra State is formed, Capital, High Court and other offices and Institutions could be developed in Andhra cities with substantial financial assistance from the Centre; but the capitalists are not interested in their own region, as they are worried only about their selfish interests. Employment opportunities to the youth also would be available when separate State is formed, they point out. Setting up of the Capital in Vijayawada or Guntur would considerably cut short the travel time for people of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore districts to reach their Capital.
The Saamaajikaandhra movement leaders are also pointing out that the Seemandhra capitalists were also distorting the history for their selfish ends and making the leaders at Delhi believe that people of Telangana and Seemandhra were living together for centuries. In this context, they point out that at least for nearly four centuries prior to the formation of Andhra Pradesh, the Telangana region remained a separate entity, and as pointed out by late Dr Burgula Ramakrishna Rao in his letter to the then Congress president U N Debhar, there was no love lost between the Telugu people of two regions earlier to the merger and the people of Telangana have stoutly opposed the merger with Andhra.
It was also pointed out that during the ‘Vande Mataram’ movement, the Osmania University authorities have dismissed nationalists like late P V Narasimha Rao, S B Chavan and others for raising the slogan of Vande Mataram and the authorities of Andhra, Madras and Annamalai Universities have refused to admit them for fear of Britishers and the Nizam; and it was Justice Kedar, Vice-Chancerllor of Nagpur Uhiversity, who took courage to admit them.