AP needs to stay united: Vundavalli - The New Indian Express

AP needs to stay united: Vundavalli

Published: 26th January 2013 07:48 AM

Last Updated: 26th January 2013 07:49 AM

A meeting on Samaikya Andhra held at Subrahmanya Maidan here on Friday resolved to urge the Union Government not to bifurcate the state.

The meeting organised under the aegis of Congress MP Vundavalli Aruna Kumar, was attended by 11 ministers. The local MP made a Powerpoint presentation on speeches given by Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao, Nizam’s buildings and jewellery.

Speaking on the occasion, he said a resolution in favour of separate Telangana could not be passed in the Assembly as there are 175 MLAs belonging to Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra regions compared to 119 legislators from Telangana.

“The youngsters who died during  Telangana agitation are also our children and we are not interested to see their sacrifices. We don’t allow KCR to continue his cheap gimmicks for political mileage,” he said.

Many children of common people lost their lives in the agitation for a separate Telangana state. But not even a single family member of the TRS leaders was injured. It reflects that common people fell prey to the political ambitions of TRS leaders.

The TRS should stop whipping up regional passions in the name of a movement for separate Telangana, he said.

As many as 102 MLAs of the total 147 in the then Hyderabad Assembly voted in favour of a unified state. Several MPs representing Hyderabad supported merger of Telangana region with Andhra Pradesh when the separate state was created. Jai Andhra movement was stopped because of former prime minister Indira Gandhi’s speech in Parliament in 1973. Later, the 6-point formula was evolved. The then Home minister LK Advani also rejected the division of states. But, the BJP has changed its stance now, and is advocating the concept of smaller states. Telangana region has achieved development on several fronts after the end of the Nizam’s rule, he said. Aruna Kumar questioned the Telangana leaders for their objection to the multipurpose Indira Sagar Project envisaged to utilise the Godavari river waters in an optimum manner benefiting both the regions.

Ministers Botcha Satyanarayana and S Sailajanath said Andhra Pradesh would achieve growth on all fronts if it remains united Local MLA Routhu Suryaprakasa Rao presided over the meeting. Ministers Anam Ramnarayana Reddy, Kasu Venkata and others were present.

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