Bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh has led to a decline in the political clout of Telugu people
As feared by many, the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh has significantly reduced the political clout of Telugu people, giving way to TMC. The opponents of bifurcation of the state have primarily voiced such concerns during the debate over division of the state. Though it is erroneous to judge the legitimacy of the demand for the separate state of Telangana on this count alone, the fact is that the worst fears of protagonists of united Andhra Pradesh have come true. The West Bengal chief minister, with her 34 members in Lok Sabha, is the cynosure of Opposition activity, with both the Telangana and Andhra Pradesh chief ministers playing supporting roles.
Even the Congress MPs belonging to Seemandhra region opposing the bifurcation accused the then home minister P Chidambaram, who hails from Tamil Nadu, as hatching out a conspiracy to weaken Telugu influence on national politics.