Creation of Telangana state would strengthen the Maoists, chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy warned on Thursday.
Expressing his views openly on state bifurcation vis-a-vis Maoist activity for the first time, Kiran Reddy said creating Telangana state would boost Maoist activity as the central committee of the Maoist party is dominated by leaders from Telangana region.
It may be recalled that former DGP Dineh Reddy had alleged a couple of days ago that Kiran Reddy wanted him to state publicly that Telangana state will encourage Maoists. The chief minister, who has been airing his views on state bifurcation on TV channels, spoke to a vernacular TV channel on Thursday.
During the interview, Kiran Reddy said in democracy every political party has to respect the opinion of the people, and hence he believes that his party leadership would review its T-decision.
“Some of our party leaders have misled our high command that there wouldn’t be any opposition from Seemandhra. So, the ongoing agitation is perplexing our leadership now,” he said.
Kiran Reddy felt the Samaikyandhra agitation was much bigger than the Telangana movement.
Interestingly, the chief minister who fired salvos at AICC state affairs incharge Digivijaya Singh a few days ago, almost held out an olive branch to him on Thursday, saying, “I have great regards for Digvijaya Singh. I never tried to belittle him.”
He claimed that Singh had told him that the T-resolution would be referred to the AP Assembly twice.
“I promised my party president Sonia Gandhi that if 2014 polls are held in united state, I would make the party retain power. If not I will quit politics,” he said.
He exuded confidence that there would be constructive debate on the issue of bifurcation in the Assembly when the T-resolution is referred to it.
“Even if bifurcation of AP is certain, the entire constitutional process might take at least two to three years. It was already stated by Union finance minister P Chidambaram in the Rajya Sabha recently,” Kiran Reddy said.