Hyderabad: The creation of new districts has dampened festive atmosphere in Telangana ahead of second anniversary celebrations of state formation.
While just two weeks are left for the Formation Day on June 2, the state is on the boil with agitations, rasta rokos, relay hunger strikes and bandhs in all districts over demand for new districts.
The agitations which were confined to nine districts barring Hyderabad have now started picking up even in the city with JACs formed in Uppal and Ibrahimpatnam dem-anding district status. The issue vertically divided people in districts politically leading to agitations and counter agitations in support of their demands.
While Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao had asked ministers and district collectors to ensure a festive mood for the Formation Day celebrations by holding special programmes, the Chief Minister’s decision to announce new districts on June 2 is creating a wedge between the people in all districts.
Zilla Sadhana Samitis or JACs have been formed with political parties, social and civil organisations in all districts to bring pressure on government to achieved district status for their respective areas, which are taking to the streets, burning the effigies of TRS government after they found that their areas did not figure in the ‘leaks’ on new districts.
With the situation turning volatile, district ministers and collectors are worried over ensuring a festive atmosphere for the Formation Day. They are more worried that the situation may precipitate further on June 2, when Mr Rao will announce the new districts; officials fear that those who fail to make to the list of new district, may react angrily and resort to violence. They want the new districts announcement to be postponed at least till the celebrations are completed on June 2.