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Seemandhra leaders’ last-ditch effort

Seemandhra leaders’ last-ditch effort
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Division of Andhra Pradesh: Seemandhra Leaders’ Last Ditch Effort, MLAs And MLCs From The Seemandhra.About ten ministers and six legislators who met at Ministers Quarters for about two hours felt that if the MPs and Union Ministers take a tough stance then there was still a possibility of the process being put on hold.

  • Plan to meet President, PM, Digvijay
  • Divided over meeting the GoM
  • Want Union Ministers and MPs to take a tough stand

Hyderabad: The Coordination Committee of ministers, MLAs and MLCs from the Seemandhra region while reiterating that they are bound by the resolution passed in the presence of Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy and PCC president Botcha Satyanarayana that nothing short of United Andhra Pradesh was acceptable to them, have started feeling that it’s all over and there is nothing they could do to stop the bifurcation of the state.

About ten ministers and six legislators who met at Ministers Quarters for about two hours felt that if the MPs and Union Ministers take a tough stance then there was still a possibility of the process being put on hold.

The only thing they could do at the state level was to defeat the resolution when it comes before the Assembly, finance minister Anam Ramanarayana Reddy told media. The meeting also expressed different views on whether or not the Seemandhra Congress leaders should meet the GoM and submit a report.

Seemandhra Leaders’ Last Ditch Effort

While ministers Anam, Kondru Murali and P Balaraju favoured meeting the GoM and extract a good financial package for the region, others like S Sailjanath and Ganta Srinivasa Rao felt that it would amount to accepting that they were not opposed to bifurcation. Some felt that they should be ready with some proposals to ensure that the rights of the people from the region do not get affected adversely.

However, the meeting finally decided that they should go to New Delhi and make yet another effort to stall the process by meeting the President of India, the Prime Minister and the AICC secretary in charge of state affairs Digvijay Singh. Briefing media after the meeting, Sailajanath said that they would meet the President of India and explain how the Centre had taken one sided decision to divide the state. They would also inform Digvijay Singh about the seriousness of the agitation since Delhi appears to be looking at it as a law and order problem, he said.
He said they were also examining the possibility of legal measures they can resort to. Sailajanath said soon he would convene an extended meeting of ministers, MPs, MLAs and MLCs from the region to discuss the next course of action and also to finalise strategy to take on the opposition parties which had been targeting the Congress party. He said the meeting also condemned the construction of Sonia Gandhi’s Samadhi at Chittoor district on Wednesday by TDP activists.
However, senior leader Paladugu Venkat Rao said that many were of the view that the statements of Digvijay Singh, Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and P C Chacko clearly indicated that the Centre was not taking cognizance of the agitation in the region. Rao said bifurcation would not help the party in any way in the region.
TG Venkatesh, minister for minor irrigation, is learnt to have told the meeting that Rayalaseema region was more concerned about two issues – division of the state and capital city. He said, if division was accepted they would demand that the capital city should be located at Kurnool.
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