YSR seeks 14 more marine police stations for A.P.
Need to provide stations with speed boats, deep-sea equipment
Each police station to cover 50 km of coastline in State
Additional police force of 37,000 being recruited
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has urged the Centre to sanction 14 marine police stations for the State’s coast in addition to the six already functioning now.
Speaking at the Chief Ministers’ conference on internal security in New Delhi on Tuesday, Dr. Reddy emphasised the need for providing the marine police station with sufficient infrastructure such as speed boats and deep-sea equipment. He said each police station would cover 50 km of coastline in the State.
He said the State was fully geared to tackle the threat posed by terrorism, in terms of updated systems and infrastructure for intelligence-gathering and to nullify terrorist modules. Explaining the measures already initiated by the State government, he said a new Organisation for Counter Terrorism Operations (OCTOPUS) has been set up.
Additional police force of 37,000 was being recruited of which 16,000 were already appointed. Police station level citizen’s committees in urban areas were being strengthened to identify militant movement. Commando force is planned to be posted in important cities and at key installations.
Jihadis’ pledge cited
Citing the jihadis’ pledge to liberate the erstwhile princely states of Hyderabad and Junagadh apart from Kashmir, Dr. Reddy said certain organisations have been fanning communal passions and creating a sense of insecurity among the unemployed youth in Hyderabad and neighbouring districts. the State police had successfully traced such organisations and persecuted them.
‘Grand alliance’ will not impact Congress: YSR
Chief Minister gives assessment of situation to AICC leadership
D. Srinivas differs with YSR, says there is still scope for truck with TRS
Chief Minister confident about Congress getting ‘positive vote’
In an assessment of the political situation that he provided to the All India Congress Committee (AICC) leadership on Tuesday evening, Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy reportedly said that the alliance-in-the-making between the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Left will not hurt the Congress’ prospects in the coming elections.
On the other hand, the TRS’ move to part company with the Congress was, in a way, good riddance since the ruling party need not concede the 30-odd Assembly seats to it, sources quoted Dr. Reddy as telling AICC president Sonia Gandhi and Union Ministers Pranab Mukherjee and A. K. Antony at a meeting of the party’s core committee in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who are also members of this committee, did not attend.
Dr. Reddy’s views on this score appeared at variance with those of APCC president D. Srinivas who stated at Bheemgal in Nizamabad district that the doors for his party were still open for the Congress’ erstwhile ally, the TRS. He maintained that the Congress had never severed its ties with the TRS nor longed for an alliance in the 2004 elections.
The Chief Minister reasoned during the hour-long meeting with his party leaders that the Congress had a positive vote arising from the popularity of its programmes like Rajiv Arogyasri and Rs. 2-a-kg rice scheme and the ‘grand alliance’ would not hurt its prospects.
Moreover, triangular contests between the Congress, the Praja Rajyam and the new front would only help the ruling party by dividing the anti-establishment vote.
Sources said Dr. Reddy was unfazed by the TRS’ move to hitch its bandwagon with that of the TDP.
This was only to be expected if the Congress did not meet his demands or woo him politically.
He was even reported to have quoted a report published by a regional daily that the Congress enjoyed a 48 per cent vote share.
Dr. Reddy is likely to call on Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday and has lined up a series of meetings with several Union Ministers.