Hyderabad: Now, the Congress legislators belonging to Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra regions seem to be planning to make their voice heard in the State Assembly against the bifurcation of the State.
A former minister and senior Congress legislator, Mr J. C. Diwakar Reddy, as part of the strategy of the Seemandhra legislators, today met the Leader of the Opposition, Mr N. Chandrababu Naidu, in the Assembly lobby and sought the cooperation of the Telugu Desam members from the two regions in opposing the demand for a separate Telangana State.
Speaking to the media after meeting Mr Chandrababu Naidu, the former Congress minister said that he had sought the support and cooperation of the Leader of the Opposition, who is also the president of Telugu Desam Party, in their proposed move to boycott the Assembly session demanding Samaikyandhra. However, Mr Chandrababu Naidu had not made any assurances in this regard, he disclosed.
Mr Diwakar Reddy disclosed that Congress legislators belonging to Rayalaseema and Andhra regions have decided to boycott the Assembly session in pursuance of their demand for maintaining status quo in the State.
Their silence all these days was being misconstrued that there is no demand for a united Andhra Pradesh. In order to send a clear message to the powers-that-be in Delhi, the ruling party members from both the regions have decided to boycott the Assembly session to voice their opposition for bifurcating the State, he explained.
The Congress MLAs, MLCs and ministers hailing from Rayalaseema and Andhra regions would be meeting at the residence of Lok Sabha member, Mr Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, on March 5 to chalk out their future plan of action, including the decision to boycott the Assembly session in pursuance of their demand for Samaikyandhra.
It might be mentioned here that the legislators belonging to the ruling Congress and the Telugu Desam from the Telangana region, besides the TRS and BJP members, have been virtually holding the Assembly to ransom demanding a separate Telangana state. The issue has derailed the House proceedings since the commencement of the budget session. (NSS)