YSR steps in to solve key issues

Written by Political Bureau | Hyderabad, Feb 25 | Updated: Feb 26 2008, 07:44am hrs
After being cornered and criticized by both from within the party and outside, especially by his own party senior members, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy has finally expressed his readiness to appoint an independent body to study the backwardness of various regions in the state.

In a open letter to all the political parties including Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Reddy urged all political parities to join him in the all round development of the backward regions. The proposed outfit is asked to identify the backward regions and suggest the remedial measures. It also will oversee the implementation of the suggestions.

Reddy said that the government is now preparing the concept paper on the proposed outfit and called for an open discussion on it before being established formally. Sources say that the Chief Minister is open for a non-political discussion on the issue of 'separate statehood to Telangana region'.

A senior Congress party leader says that the proposal of setting up of an independent body for backwardness in the state would help the party to silence the senior members, at least till elections. And it will also help the party to counter the proposed propaganda by TRS after their members resign from Parliament, assembly and council, he added.

Analysts say that the move would neutralize the regional imbalance, an issue been raised by TRS and other opposition parties time and again, however, the sentiment issue will continue.

Giving yet another dimension to his development argument, Reddy said that there are backward regions even in coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. For instance, Vijayanagaram and Srikakulam are backward districts in coastal Andhra, though they are near to Visakhapatnam district. Hence the proposed panel is expected to identify the backward regions in the state, he added.

Meanwhile, the Congress high command is understood to have asked TRS to come for a dialogue to resolve the issue. The TRS MPs have decided to resign on March 3 in protest against inordinate delay in according statehood to Telangana, as agreed in the UPA common minimum programme.