Rayalaseema meet demands state’s trifurcation

Published: 27th August 2012 12:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th August 2012 12:48 PM   |  A+A-

A Rayalaseema people's conclave, organised by the Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samiti here on Sunday, demanded trifurcation of Andhra Pradesh into three states _ Telangana, Andhra and Rayalaseema _ in case the central government decided to carve out Telangana state. The day-long meeting, attended

by Rayalaseema settlers in Hyderabad, vowed to achieve Rayalaseema state and formed a Rayalaseema joint action committee (RJAC), on the lines of the

Telangana JAC, to spearhead

the movement for creation

of a Rayalaseema state.

The participants, who included

intellectuals and employees

of central and state

governments, took a serious

exception to the coining and

use of the compound word,

Seemandhra, to refer to the

two regions of Rayalaseema

and Andhra, saying the two

were distinct. They said they

were not ready to remain as

an appendage to a coastal

Andhra state and would prefer

to have their own state if

Telangana was going to be

created.

RPS president Byreddy

Rajasekhara Reddy, who is

also Telugu Desam general

secretary, declared that they

would take up an 800-kmlong

padayatra in the last

week of September from a

remote village in Kurnool

district. The padayatra is expected

to take about 40 days

to complete and will culminate

in a public meeting at

Anantapur on November 16

to coincide with the anniversary

of the signing of Sri

Bagh Pact between Andhra

and Rayalaseema leaders on

that day in 1937. At the public

meeting they would bring

to light the injustice that had

been done to the Rayalaseema

region in the united

Andhra Pradesh in last 60

years, he said.

Giving a call that Rayalaseema

Pourusham should

be made known to every one

at all levels, Reddy said people

would corner MLAs, MPs

and ministers if they refused

to support their demand for

a separate Rayalaseema

state. "Till now you have seen

the Telangana movement.

From now on, you will see

the Rayalaseema movement,"

he said and clamed

that the people of Rayalaseema

had as much right

as any one else had to live in

Hyderabad. He warned media

houses against portraying

Rayalaseema as a land of

factionalists.

MV Ramana Reddy, a senior

leader, said formation

of Telangana state seemed

imminent and the RJAC

should work for creation of

a Rayalaseema state. "This is

the right time to launch the

movement,'' he said.

K.Dileep Kumar, Telangana

leader and MLC, expressed

solidarity with the

Rayalaseema movement and

advised leaders of the Telangana

and Rayalaseem movements

to work in tandem to

achieve their goals. Several

government employees narrated

their sufferings experienced

in Hyderabad during

the Telangana movement.

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