Hyderabad: The bar associations and professional organisations of advocates from more than a dozen towns in erstwhile Mahabubnagar district on Thursday appealed to eminent lawyer Prashant Bhushan to refrain from filing any special leave petition against the Palamuru-Ranga Reddy project hindering the progress of works on it as it holds hope for lakhs of people.
In a joint letter addressed to him, they said reports about his support to the elements out to scuttle the progress of works on the project were hurting. Requesting him to stand for justice in the case of the Palamuru region that witnessed massive exodus due to drought conditions that persisted for decades, they said people have been working against the interests of Telangana despite its division from Andhra Pradesh.
“People reeled under the oppression and discrimination shown against Telangana by the Andhra politicians in the successive governments. They violated every promise made to Telangana. The merger of the two regions was done on the basis of umpteen promises made by Andhra politicians assuring to safeguard the interests of Telangana,” they said.
The “Gentlemen’s Agreement”, “Andhra Pradesh Regional Committee Agreement”, “8 – Point Formula,” and many more such initiatives failed to improve the plight of the people of Telangana. Without exception, every one of them was undermined and violated in order to transfer all funds and assets of Telangana to the Andhra Region.
They pointed out that the speech of the then opposition leader Puchalapalli Sundaraiah in the Assembly Budget Session in 1960 was a proof of this. Sundaraiah pointed out that the Telangana funds were being spent for the development of Andhra. “As witnesses to the unbearable suffering of the people of Palamuru and as your younger colleagues, we appeal to you to be on the side of justice. Your support to those working against the irrigation projects would add further to the misery of the people,” the signatories said.
Ananth Reddy, State Advocates Association president, Mahabubnagar Bar Association president, Sridhar Reddy, Alampur Bar Association president, Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Gadwal Bar Association, Tippareddy, Athmakur Bar Association president, Chandra Shekar Rao, Wanaparthy Bar Association, Bar association of Kollapur, Bar Association of Nagarkurnool, Bar Association of Achampet, Bar Association of Zedcherla, Bar Association of Narayapet, Bar Association of Kalwakurthy and Bar Association of Alampur were among those who made the appeal to Prashant Bushan.