New Delhi: Eluru MP Kavuri Sambhasiva Rao on Wednesday urged the Centre to frame a policy on the formation of smaller states in the country, while hailing it for not taking a decision on the mass resignations of leaders from Telangana but instead stressing on the process of consultations.
Talking to media persons after participating in a programme organized at Visalandra Mahasabha, Mr Sambhasiva Rao opined that the Centre should draft a policy on formation of smaller states after consultations with both ruling and Opposition party leaders.
“If such a policy is drafted, I will have no objection to the formation of even 500 states,” the MP said.
Mr Sambhasiva Rao said that development of backward areas should be given top priority in such a National Policy for the formation of smaller states. He added that the agitations for separate statehood had cropped up in various parts of the country mainly due to lack of development in their respective regions.
He emphasized that he was against the formation of Telangana state and reminded that he had expressed the opinion of the people of his region in the recent meeting convened by the High Command.
Mr Sambhasiva Rao further urged the Telangana leaders to find a solution to the demand of bifurcation of the state through consultation process, as suggested by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.
He also appealed to the media not to see his statements critically but analyse them in a constructive manner, while advising the scribes to observe restraint and not provoke people by airing distorted statements.(INN)