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Diggy gives Sonia, Rahul initial report

Diggy gives Sonia,  Rahul initial report
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AICC General Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh, who recently toured Andhra Pradesh and held extensive and wide-ranging...

AICC General Secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh Digvijay Singh, who recently toured Andhra Pradesh and held extensive and wide-ranging consultations with various leaders, on Saturday called on Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and gave a preliminary report. According to party sources, Digvijay Singh has briefed Sonia Gandhi on the task he has been entrusted with. The task is preparation of a roadmap to face any kind of situation in the event of bifurcation or keeping the State united.

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Digvijay Singh had tasked State Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy, APCC President Botcha Satyanarayana and State Deputy Chief Minister Damodara Raja Narasimha to prepare the roadmap. Soon after it is prepared and handed in to Digvijay Singh he will submit the same to the Congress High Command, which will then take a call on the issue. It is as part of this process, APCC President Botcha Satyanarayana has got off to preparing the roadmap. He is eliciting the views of the leaders belonging to all the three regions of Andhra Pradesh on Telangana. Botcha will also hold consultations with the leaders belonging to the Telangana region, too.

Till now, he held consultations with Seemandhra leaders like Textiles Minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju, Ministers of State J D Seelam (Finance); D Purandeshwari, (Commerce); Panabaka Lakshmi (Textiles); Kotla Surya Prakash Reddy (Railways) and former Union Minister Sai Pratap.

Both Kotla and Sai Pratap opposed Rayala-Telangana proposal. If it is a dispute between Andhra and Telangana, they wondered why Rayalaseema should be divided, with part of it tagged to Andhra and the remaining with Telangana. The two leaders said they stand for united Andhra Pradesh and in the event of division, they would prefer Rayalaseema to be formed as a separate State.

The proposed roadmap is expected to be in the nature of giving inputs to the Congress High Command on the likely fallout of dividing the State or keeping the State united. Based on the input, the Congress High Command will take the political call.

Venkat Parsa

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