(Image source from: Seemandhra-Telangana - divided by land)
As India gets it's 29th state with the Parliament vetoing the historic bill and creating Telangana amid vociferous protests by members of Seemandhra, Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena, seems people from the divided states now want to make a conscious effort to unite the Telugu people, in the wake of the division.
Clearly, members from both the states now want to begin things on a clean slate and unite people from both the regions for overall growth and prosperity.
"Once it was passed in Lok Sabha I already knew there was no stopping to it. Now it is the time to work for the unity of the Telugu people and prosper jointly. I was never against Telugu people but with the manner it was done," said former Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal, the main accused of spraying pepper inside the Parliament.
Explaining how the struggle between Telangana and Seemandhra has taken a toll on the people here, he added: "There are deep wounds that have been created and should be healed. The scars should be erased."
Telangana Rashtriya Samithi MLA KT Rama Rao expressed his elation over the creation of Telangana and expressed his gratitude to all the political parties who supported the bill. "Most people considered it a mission impossible. We are eternally thankful to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj. I would also like to thank Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and others. It is definitely a once in a life time moment and I am happy to be around," Rao said.
Rao agreed that the intentions behind the formation of Telangana were highly political and that the political parties should gain some dividends out of it.
The TDP leader also forwarded a friendly hand towards Seemandhraites. "I am happy that the Union government conceded and agreed to give Seemandhra a large financial package. And Rajagopal need not worry at all about his safety or for that matter about the safety of any person of Seemandhra residing in Telangana. Leaders like Rajagopal need to stay in politics and help the new state grow," Rao said.
AW: Suchorita Choudhury