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Ex-MP for freeze on investments in Hyderabad

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VISAKHAPATNAM: The former Rajya Sabha member, Yelamanchili Sivaji, has demanded freeze on further capital investments in Hyderabad in Government projects, as the demand for a separate State of Telangana is being voiced vociferously by Telangana leaders.

Talking to reporters here on Wednesday, he said the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) Ministers in the Central and State Governments were forgetting their collective responsibility as Ministers and they were talking as though they represented only the Telanana region. On the other hand, even the Congress leaders hailing from Telangana like the Home Minister, K. Jana Reddy, the Endowments Minister, M. Satyanarayana Rao, and the senior leader G. Venkataswami, were not asserting unequivocally that they were committed to an integrated State, he pointed out.

International airport

``Against this background, any further investment in Hyderabad at the expense of other cities and towns is not justified. There should not be any lopsided development concentrated only in Hyderabad while ignoring other cities like Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati. Where is the need to develop the Shamshabad airport on such a large scale when the Begumpet airport already caters to the needs of people? There is no proper airport in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam and Tirupati due to which their development is hampered,'' Dr. Sivaji said.

Dig at leaders

Asked if Hyderabad could not be made a Union territory on the lines of Chandigarh to resolve the problem, he replied that Hyderabad was entirely in the Telangana region and there was no contiguity with Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. He said leaders from the Telangana region were indulging in politics of emotional blackmail and presenting to the rest of the country a thoroughly distorted picture that people from coastal region were exploiting them.

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