PCC chief Botcha Satyanarayana told newsmen here on Tuesday that he was against the division of the state but added that as a staunch Congressman he would abide by whatever decision the party high command took in this regard. “As head of the family, I wish that all my family members live together. I won’t subscribe to the idea of their separation. We should all stay united,’’ he said.
Botcha, along with his wife and MP Botcha Jhansi and family members, was in Tirumala to have darshan of Lord Venkateswara. They had ‘darshan’ once in the morning and again late in the afternoon.
Asked about the ongoing confabulations on the Telangana issue, he said: “As a head of the family, if there is some heartburn among the members of the family, I have to listen to them. I have to listen to those who want division,’’ he said and added that he had to “walk with the family members from all the three regions in the state and tell them to live together to have more strength.’’
On his recent meeting with Congress’ AP affairs in-charge Digvijaya Singh in New Delhi, Botcha denied that the meeting was for chalking out a roadmap on the Telangana issue. “My meeting with Digvijaya Singh was to discuss the latest developments in the state. However, I apprised him about the pros and cons of the formation of Telangana state,’’ he said.
Asked whether the pro and anti-Telangana agitations were for getting more posts and positions, Botcha replied in the negative. “If that is the case, I will leave both the posts (APCC chief and transport minister) that I hold,’’ he added.
The PCC chief made it clear that he would abide by whatever decision the party high command takes on the Telangana issue.
On the new policies of the state government, he said: ‘’All the policies are made by the Congress party and the high command and not by individuals and all of them will continue,’’ he explained.
Former Tirupati MLA Venkata Ramana, Town Congress president Nagabhushanam, PCC secretary Kola Anand and several others were present.
Earlier, Satyanarayana along with his family members were given a warm reception at the temple ‘Mahadwaram’ by TTD chairman K Bapiraju, executive officer MG Gopal and other officials.