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Andhra ministers against splitting state, warn of stir

Prasad Nichenametla , Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 16, 2013
First Published: 23:44 IST(16/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:08 IST(17/1/2013)

Four Andhra ministers lobbying against the creation of a separate state, hinted that if Congress agreed to the demand for Telangana then they will step up their agitation for a united Andhra.

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“We were told that the only agitation in the state appeared to be by pro-Telangana groups,” said T G Venkatesh after meeting senior Congress leaders Gulam Nabi Azad and Vayalar Ravi who oversee Andhra Pradesh affairs in the party.

The four ministers had landed in Delhi on Tuesday night for the meeting following a statement by their pro-Telangana colleague in the state cabinet D Nagendar that the Congress was in favour of splitting the state.

The statement ruffled the Seema-Andhra region leaders — who oppose creation of Telangana — and have been keeping low till now believing that the party will not divide the state.

The ministers went on to imply they would not hesitate to resign, “if people want us to for the cause of united state.” The assertion comes with two weeks left for a decision on Telangana as committed by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde last month.

On Thursday, Congress ministers and legislators from Seema-Andhra region are meeting in Hyderabad to chalk out a course of action.

Meanwhile, Telangana Congress MPs who are camping in the Capital warned the Seema-Andhra leaders from creating obstacles in creation of Telangana. “Chances for Telangana appear bright. I appeal to Seema-Andhra leaders not to block the path now,” Gutta Sukhender Reddy said. “Do not take our patience for weakness,” Madhu Yashki, another MP added.

In the all-party meeting held by the home minister for a solution on Telangana on December 28, opinion was divided in the Congress, with each of the two representatives speaking for and against Telangana.

TDP and YSR Congress, meanwhile, have played it safe, stopping short of voicing any opposition to Telangana.

“The Congress and the UPA government should take a proper decision to end uncertainty in the state,” they said.

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