People from five Maharashtra villages meet KCR, seek merger with Telangana2 min read . Updated: 18 Sep 2019, 07:05 AM IST
- The group specifically told KCR that unlike Telangana’s income subsidy scheme for farmers, the Maharashtra government has no such scheme that is implemented for its farmers
- Leaders from Nalgaon, Bhokar, Degloor, Kinwat and Hathgaon sssembly segments in Nanded district in Maharashtra State met KCR
HYDERABAD : A group of people from the bordering Nanded district in Maharashtra met Telangana chief minister (and Telangana Rashtra Samithi supremo) K. Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR) on Tuesday, and told him that they want his welfare schemes to be implemented in their district. The representatives, belonging to various political parties, even told KCR that if the Maharashtra government does not implement similar schemes, they will demand that their villages be merged with Telangana.
“People including elected representatives from villages spread over five Legislative Assembly segments from the Telangana bordering Nanded district In Maharashtra are on an agitational mood demanding their state government to either implement welfare schemes of Telangana State in their villages also or allow their villages to be merged with the Telangana State," said the statement from KCR’s office.
Leaders from Nalgaon, Bhokar, Degloor, Kinwat and Hathgaon sssembly segments in Nanded district in Maharashtra State, which borders Telangana, met KCR under the leadership of Babli Sarpanch Babu Rao Ganapath Rao Kadam, who led the group. “Our villages are bordering the Telangana State’s villages. People and farmers in the Telangana State villages are very happy while we are in distress," the statement said, quoting the group from Nanded district.
The group specifically told KCR that unlike Telangana’s income subsidy scheme for farmers (Rythu Bandhu, under which farmers get Rs.10,000 per year), the Maharashtra government has no such scheme that is implemented for its farmers. They said that they are even ready to contest the upcoming Maharashtra polls on TRS tickets.
“Maharashtra State government to implement the welfare schemes being implemented by the Telangana State. In case if the Maharashtra State government is not in a position to do, we are demanding merger of our villages into Telangana State. We will agitate with this demand. We will contest the coming Assembly polls with this slogan. If Sri KCR gives us an opportunity, we will contest on the TRS tickets, “the group said, according to the statement.
The meeting incidentally took place on 17 September, which marks 71 years since the erstwhile state of Hyderabad was annexed to India in 1948, through Operation Polo, the military action by which the state was merged with the Indian union. Under the princely state, five districts, including Nanded was part of the state (apart from three other districts from Karnataka and the Telangana region).
The last Nizam or rule of the Hyderabad state, Mir Osman Ali Khan, who was also the richest man in the world curing his time, tried to remain independent, due to which Operation Polo was set into action.
“The leaders from Nanded further clarified that under the then Nizam rule they were very much part of the Hyderabad State. Since they have long and historic relationship with people in Telangana since ages, their demand for merger with the Telangana State is rational. They said very soon they will come with leaders from Congress, BJP, Shiv Sena, NCP will here and will meet CM Sri KCR," the statement added.