As part of the ongoing consultations on the Telangana statehood issue, the Union health minister and general secretary in-charge of AP affairs, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, met a delegation of 23 members from Seemandhra on Wednesday.
The delegation made a PowerPoint presentation on how several areas in the Rayalaseema region were under-developed and how the demand for a separate state was “unjustified”.
The delegation also submitted a petition.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, minister Mr T.G. Venkatesh said that if the people of coastal AP and Rayalaseema had not contributed to the development of Hyderabad, it would have remained a forest. Minister Mr Shailajanath said the Telangana region developed only after its merger with the rest of AP.
Minister Mr Gade Venkata Reddy said AP gave up Bellary to Karnataka as the states were divided on linguistic lines and also gave up the former capital Kurnool in favour of Hyderabad after the merger.
The MP, Mr Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, said he disagreed with the decision taken by the Centre on deleting clause 14(f), but added that he would go by the party’s central leadership’s directions. Deccan Chronicle