Hyderabad: After the Telangana Telugu Desam forum decided to ask all its MLAs to resign on July 4, the Seemandhra leaders have jumped into the fray opposing bifurcation of the state. The demand for Telangana and opposition to it could not be raised by the TD leaders without a green signal by the party chief, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu. A senior TD MLA from Krishna district, Mr Devineni Umamaheshwar Rao, on Saturday warned the Centre against taking a hasty step on Telangana.
“The Centre must consult all parties and groups before taking a decision on Telangana. If it takes a unilateral decision and carves out a separate state, we will stop it at any cost,” he said. The senior TD leader alleged that the resignations by Congress MPs, MLAs and MLCs were instigated by the Congress High Command to wriggle out of political compulsions. “The Congress is trying to divert the attention of people on burning issues. It is trying to whip up regional sentiment to cover-up its own shortcomings,” he said.
Seemandhra Congress leaders are opposed to the bifurcation of the state. The minister for Rajiv Vidya Mission primary and adult education, Mr S. Sailajanath, said that they have their own agenda for Samaikya Andhra and will meet the Prime Minister soon on the issue. Speaking to mediapersons in Kakinada on Saturday the minister said that they are in favour of keeping the state united with a regional council for Telangana. He said he will meet the PM along with MPs Mr Kavuri Sambasiva Rao and Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal.
In Ongole, the Samaikya Andhra Rashtra Vidyarthi joint action committee (Sarvjac) said on Saturday that it would conduct awareness programmes among students, teachers, employees, workers, women, and others, about the need for a united AP. The Sarvjac state co-convener, Mr R. Jagadeesh, at a meeting demanded a clear announcement from the Centre for united AP. Deccan Chronicle