Seemandhra leaders press for status quo

Published: 01st July 2013 10:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st July 2013 10:11 AM   |  A+A-

In response to the massive public meeting of Telangana Congress leaders in Hyderabad on Sunday, a number of Seemandhra Congress leaders met AICC general secretary and party state affairs incharge Digvijaya Singh appraised him of the problems which will crop up if the state is divided.

After taking charge as state incharge, Digvijaya Singh came to Visakhapatnam to participate in a private programme on Sunday. Congress ministers and leaders met him at the airport and urged him not to divide the state.

A large number of Samaikhyandhra activists, and members of the political joint action committee and student joint action committee thronged the airport and raised slogans demanding continuation of unified Andhra Pradesh state.

Union ministers D Purandeswari and K Kruparani, state infrastructure minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao, education minister Sailajanath, TTD chairman Kanumuri Bapiraju, Rajya Sabha member T Subbarami Reddy and party senior leader Gade Venkata Reddy were among those who met Singh at the airport.

Speaking to the media later, Sailajanath and Ganta Srinivasa Rao said the state would not be divided. Citing the example of smaller states like Chattisgargh and Uttarakhand, Srinivasa Rao said there will be no large-scale development if the state is divided.

Kruparani said Andhra Pradesh state should be continued in its present form. However, the minister added that she would support whatever the decision taken by the party high command.

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