A day after legislators from the Telangana region resigned pressing on their demand for a separate state, the agitation over the statehood issue has gained momentum.
While two state ministers from Seema-Andhra region, DL Ravindra Reddy and S Sailajanath, reiterated their anti-separation stand to the Congress high command, the anti-separation legislators in Hyderabad are in ‘a wait and watch mode’ to follow suit.
“If at all the Centre leans towards Telangana, there is no other way for us but resign enmasse,” Sailajanath, also convenor of Samaikhyandhra Legislators Forum told HT.
On the other hand, Visalandhra Mahasabha, a non-political forum, camped in the capital campaigning for a united Andhra Pradesh. “The separatist argument is based on false propaganda. This is high time we explained the distortion of facts as run by Telangana proponents from past 10 years,” Parakala Prabhakar, forum general secretary said.
The forum convened a workshop and exhibition ‘The unjust demand of Telangana’ on Tuesday and presented socio-economic indicators of three regions of the state, which they said “revealed hollowness of the Telangana demand.”
The Mahasabha also challenged TRS leader K Chandrasekhara Rao’s claim that “all in Telangana want separation.’ “There is a silent majority in the region against separation that threatened by the self-proclaimed Telangana proponents,” a group of freedom fighters and intellectuals from Telangana region alleged.