Soon after his resignation from CM post, Kiran Kumar Reddy spoke with CNN IBN on several issues. Though it was a repeat of what he has been saying, this is most of what he said….
“Passage of Telangana Bill was undemocratic. If the Parliament does not respect the assembly, why should the people respect the Parliament?” Strongly attacking the manner in which the Telangana Bill was cleared, Reddy said, “What happened in the Lok Sabha was disgraceful. MPs from AP were beaten and suspended. It is not acceptable.”
Kiran Kumar felt that certain issues between Seemandhra and Telangana can never be resolved. With regard to consequences of this decision, Kiran said that “Even Telangana is going suffer because of this decision, Telangana will now become an upper riparian state and as a consequence will stand to lose water that can irrigate 11 lakh acres which it is using now in the United state.” “Election comes and goes. Telangana is an irreversible decision. It is going to affect the people forever,” he said.
Calling himself a free citizen, Kiran was non-committal on returning to Congress. To a question he said, “I can’t read my future. Lets see what happens. I have resigned from the Congress. Party is not important. My future is not important to me. I am fighting for Telugu people.”
He kept on repeating the Federal spirit and disregard of majority Assembly decision by the parliament, how detrimental it is to democracy, etc. But when Rajdeep Sardesai pointed out that the Palriament too decided by majority in favor of Telangana creation, can Mr. Kiran criticize the same procedure when adopted by the Parliament? Kiran immediately changed tack and said that Parliament has no business on an issue if it is rejected by the majority public of the concerned state.
When Sardesai questioned Kiran if he thinks there can be good relations between the two regions over time, Kiran replied that “there are certain issues between Seemandhra and Telangana which can never be resolved.”
Towards the end of the interview, in what can be called a slip of the tongue or typical Kiran speak, he blurted out that himself and other Seemandhra leaders are fighting for the future of “Seemandhra people, and they will decide our future!”