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Kavuri says no to division

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Breaking his silence, the Union Minister for Textiles, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao on Saturday asserted that there was no need to divide the state to serve the interests of few political leaders. Talking to media at his residence here, Rao said, "Andhra Pradesh is a comprehensive state on scientific lines as well as resources. What purpose will the division of the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha MPs, serve? The prestige of the state will grow only if it remains united," he said.

‘I am of the firm opinion that smaller states would not serve the nation’s interest and that the prestige of the state will grow only if it remains united’

Hyderabad: Breaking his silence, the Union Minister for Textiles, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao on Saturday asserted that there was no need to divide the state to serve the interests of few political leaders. Talking to media at his residence here, Rao said, "Andhra Pradesh is a comprehensive state on scientific lines as well as resources. What purpose will the division of the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha MPs, serve? The prestige of the state will grow only if it remains united," he said.

Replying to a question, the Union Minister said that he never took a “U” turn on the issue of bifurcation of the state. He said he was pained at such accusations being made at him. He said though he did not come out openly on this issue, nine union ministers had held detailed talks with the leaders of party high command and explained to them about the negative impact of bifurcation of the state which resulted in constituting of the A K Antony committee.

The Minister said, Andhra Pradesh was a comprehensive state on scientific lines with well endowed resources. Rao said, he was of the firm opinion that smaller states would not serve the nation’s interest and that the prestige of the state will grow only if it remains united. “What purpose will the division of the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha MPs, serve?” he said.

Rao appealed to the people to wait till the Congress panel under Antony studies the issues being raised by the Seemandhra people and leaders. The high command will take a final decision only after the Antony panel submits its report, he said. However, he added that once the final decision comes all should abide by it.

Referring to Hyderabad, Rao said people from other regions had sold their properties elsewhere and settled down in Hyderabad. All development took place in and around the state capital. The feeling that that Hyderabad may not belong to them if state is bifurcated hurts everyone.

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