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Congress Contradiction On Telangana: Mani Shankar Aiyar Calls Andhra Pradesh Bifurcation A 'tragedy,' Manmohan Singh Says 'historic'

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Speaking over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014, Mani Shankar Aiyar called the decision a 'great tragedy'
  • Meanwhile, former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh called the decision to provide statehood to Telangana as 'historic'

Over the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, a contradictory reaction was recorded from two top leaders- former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar. 

On one hand, while Aiyar deemed the bifurcation as a 'tragedy,' Singh said that granting an independent statehood to Telangana was a 'historic decision.'

Speaking at a memorial meeting that was held to pay homage to Former Union Minister Jaipal Reddy who passed away last month, Aiyar said, "I think it's a great tragedy that his (Jaipal Reddy) political life was ended not by an action of his own but by a decision of govt to split Andhra Pradesh which has left Congress without a single seat in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. It was a serious strategic error."

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"But one of the major consequences was that we lost a Parliamentarian of outstanding merit for the better part of the last decade of his life," he added. 

Meanwhile, speaking at the same event, the former Prime Minister said that Reddy played a 'silent yet crucial role' in convincing the leaders towards taking the 'historic decision' of dividing Pradesh and granting statehood for Telangana in 2014.

Pertaining to the current climate of Jammu and Kashmir over the abrogation of Article 370, Singh said that the outcome is against the 'liking of many people' in the country and that it was important to hear the voices of everybody.

He said, "Its outcome is not to the liking of many people of our country. It is important that the voice of all these people be heard. It is only by raising our voice that we can ensure that in the long run, the idea of India, which is very sacred to us, will prevail." 

The Modi government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Both the upper house and the lower house of the Parliament approved the resolution abrogating Article 370 for J&K and a bill to bifurcate the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, with Home Minister Amit Shah saying the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state. Ministry of External Affairs also briefed the envoys of the P5 nations -- the US, the UK, China, France and Russia -- about Indian government's decision to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate the state into two union territories.

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