KCR and Jagan Reddy’s friendship will help them resolve bifurcation issues amicably in the future
Officials from the Telangana irrigation department are hoping that the day-to-day issues will get ironed out soon
AMARAVATI (AP) :
Five years after their bitter bifurcation, ties between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (AP) are set to witness a shift, thanks to the new bonhomie between chief ministers K. Chandrashekar Rao of Telangana and Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy of AP. With a new political alignment marking the fifth anniversary of the split on 2 June, bifurcation issues are likely to be sorted out amicably in the future.
After Telangana was created in 2014, its relationship with AP began on a sour note due to the rivalry between Rao (known as KCR), who headed the separate statehood campaign, and previous AP chief minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief N. Chandrababu Naidu. Added to that were disputes related to the division of assets, funds, government corporations, companies, etc, and, more importantly, water-sharing from the Krishna and Godavari rivers.
Things got so out of hand that officials and policemen nearly came to blows at the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam located on the borders of the two states, over water-sharing from the Krishna river. Four years later, officials from the Telangana irrigation department are hoping that the day-to-day issues will get ironed out soon, now that KCR and Jagan are on friendly terms.
“AP officials now attend meetings regularly, while earlier they would not come for all of them. We are expecting a better relationship with AP now. Let’s see how things work out now," said an official from the department, who did not want to be named. Officials from AP declined to comment.
After the two Telugu-speaking states were bifurcated in 2014, a total of 241 government corporations, companies and institutes were to be divided between them. Most of these organizations, listed under schedule 9 (89) and schedule 10 (142) of the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, are located in Hyderabad or have their headquarters there.
While government companies and corporations such as the State Seeds Development Corp. Ltd and Housing Board come under schedule 9, training institutes as the AP Forest Academy, State Board of Technical Education, etc are listed under schedule 10.
AP insisted that schedule 9 bodies (with regard to assets and employees) should be divided based on a population ratio of 58:42 (AP: Telangana), as prescribed by the AP Reorganisation Act, while the Telangana government maintained that employees be divided based on where they belong (nativity). The process of resolving this is still on.
Both chief ministers won huge victories in their respective assembly elections. While KCR’s TRS won 88 of the 119 assembly seats in 2018 elections, Jagan’s YSR Congress Party swept AP by winning 151 out of 175 assembly seats in the polls this year.
“Now there is an amicable environment and it will also help in resolving financial matters. KCR and Jagan’s friendship will also help them with centre-state relationships," said Prof. E. Venkatesu from the University of Hyderabad’s political science department.
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
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