More demands for new districts in Telangana

Written by | October 5, 2016 | 0

Hyderabad: Protests for Narayanpet district rocked Mahbubnagar on Tuesday, while demand for Bhadrachalam district also cropped up. Stung by the protests, TRS Narayanpet MLA S. Rajender Reddy decided to send his resignation from the Legislative Assembly to Speaker S. Madhusudhana Chary, expressing anguish over the denial of district status to Narayanpet.

The High-Powered Committee, headed by MP K. Keshava Rao met on Tuesday to study the feasibility of district status to Jangaon, Asifabad, Sircilla and Gadwal. The committee will submit its report on October 7.

“We expected Narayanpet to be fourth new district in existing Mahbubnagar district, but it was denied. I requested district ministers to pursue the case. People of my constituency are very angry. In tune with their desire, I have decided to resign my Assembly seat,” Mr Rajender Reddy told DC.

Narayanpet town, famous for sarees and gold ornaments, is presently part of Mahbubnagar district. It is also the oldest municipality in the district. On Tuesday, the Zilla Sadhana Samiti, headed by Manohar Goud and others, blocked the roads to press their demand. Scores of protesters were arrested and later released. Mahbubnagar district is being divided into Mahbubnagar, Gadwal, Nagarkurnool and Wanaparthy districts.

“The High-Powered Committee will take feedback from the people on the demand for four new districts and go by majority opinion. We will submit a report on October 7,” energy minister S. Jagadish Reddy said after the meeting.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Mohd. Mahmood Ali, ministers Pocharam Srinivas Reddy and Jogu Ramanna.

While Kothagudem TRS MLA Jalagam Venkat Rao undertook a thanksgiving padayatra to Sri Sita Rama temple at Bhadrachalam, local CPM unit secretary, MLA Sunnam Rajaiah and others demanded district status to Bhadrachalam.

“Government is biased towards this backward region. Bhadrachalam suffered after bifurcation of the state and need special support,” Mr Rajaiah said.

Meanwhile, TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy met Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma and submitted a petition requesting the government to make Huzurnagar in Nalgonda district a Revenue division. Elsewhere, Congress MLA Vamsi Chand Reddy lashed out at the CM for denial of Revenue division status to Kalwakurthy. The CM has already asked officials to study its feasibility.

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