SM Fasiullah for BeyondHeadlines
As the Lok Sabha cleared Telangana Bill (AP Reorganisation Bill) in Parliament today with Congress backing, people of the region jumped into joy and overwhelmed fervor, and started dancing to the drum beats on streets here in Hyderabad.
The Lok Sabha cleared the bill without a discussion on it amid ruckus created primarily by MPs from Andhra Pradesh who do not wanted the state to be bifurcated for various reasons.
The Telanagana Bill has been cleared in a dramatic moment when Lok Sabha TV went blank. Lok Sabha Speaker Meera Kumari called it a “technical glitch” while Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj termed it a “tactical glitch”.
The people of Telangana region who had been struggling for justice and development for over five decades started celebrations, though the Bill is yet to be cleared in the Upper House.
Telanagana Bhavan in Hyderabad, the party headquarters of Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) was flooded by its workers and T-fans to celebrate after the news broke out today afternoon. TRS workers fired crackers and danced to T-song tunes in sunny midday, expecting a brighter future for the region.
Commenting on the development, Welfare Party of India (WPI) National General Secretary Dr. S.Q.R. Ilyas said that finally the cries of the people of Telangana for a new state for long had been heard and justice delivered.
The party expressed its happiness and supported the decision to form Telangana bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, while BJP which earlier showed its readiness to support T-Bill wanted a discussion on it.
Dr. Ilyas noted that WPI asked the central government to ensure that the concerns of Seemandhra people were adequately and judiciously addressed.
“The party opined that the economic and development packages promised for the Seemandhra people must alleviate their apprehensions. Any further demand pending must be resolved at the earliest through discussion,” WPI said in a statement.
Dr. Ilyas also appealed to the people of Seemandhra to avoid the path of confrontation and violence, while requested for an amicable atmosphere to be maintained ensuring the safety and security of the people from Seemandhra living in Hyderabad.
State leaders, party workers and locals were found rejoicing following T-Bill clearance in Parliament. WPI State President MM Khan, WPI Federal Committee member Khalida Parveen and other leaders also joined the celebration here in Hyderabad.
Speaking to BeyondHeadlines, WPI State Secretary Syed Faqruddin Ali Ahmed said the demand for separate state by the people of Telangana region is a decades-old one.
“Giving them what they have been demanding for more than five decades is just; and hundreds of people have sacrificed their valuable lives during the T-struggle with lakhs actively backing the movement,” he added.