Telangana solution: Andhra Pradesh likely to be split vertically
Yet another proposal to find a solution to the vexed Telangana issue is reportedly being discussed at the highest levels of the Congress leadership.
Sources disclosed on Monday that to contain the influence of the TRS in the Telangana region and the YSR Congress in the Seemandhra region, the state may be split vertically, to create the state of Rayala-Telangana, comprising Telangana (10 districts) Kurnool and Anantapur districts of Rayalaseema, and Rayala-Andhra state comprising Coastal Andhra region (nine districts) and Chittoor and Kadapa districts of Rayalaseema.
The state will thus be vertically divided into two states, each having 21 Lok Sabha seats and 147 Assembly seats.
Sources said that the Chief Minister will be asked to summon the state Assembly in the first week of July, with the single-point agenda of considering both options According to the sources, if only the creation of Telangana state is put up for consideration of the House, taking into account the strengths of the respective regions (Telangana has 119 MLAs and Seemandhra 175 MLAs) it will not be easy to get the House to approve it.
If the second proposal of Rayala-Telangana and Rayala-Andhra is moved, most likely the proposal will get sanction as the strength of both sides would be equal.
Former minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy from Anantapur, and ministers from Kurnool T.G. Venkatesh and Erasu Pratap Reddy had welcomed the proposal when it was mooted earlier.
The main purpose of the new proposal is to contain the TRS in Telangana and YSR Congress in the rest of the state, as according to many surveys they will get the majority seats in the two areas. The TRS may not get a majority of seats in Rayala-Telangana and chances of the Congress and YSR Congress coming together to form a government in 2014 are bright.
A similar political attempt can be made in Rayala-Andhra state too. This will ensure that in both the states the Congress will get the upper hand politically. The YSRC and the TD will perforce be confined to Rayala-Andhra with only a little influence in Rayala-Telangana.
Along with this, the Centre may simultaneously announce the creation of the River Water Distribution Authority to ensure equitable sharing of waters among the states. It might allot Bhadrachalam division in Khammam to Andhra in order to protect the interests of farmers dependent on Godavari River waters.