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One Andhra demand gets louder

delhi Updated: Jul 18, 2011 23:03 IST
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More than 60 Congress MPs, MLAs and state ministers from Andhra-Rayalaseema region assembled in the Capital on Monday in support of a united Andhra Pradesh.

The move comes two weeks after MLAs, MPs and state ministers from Telangana region resigned en-masse pressed for the separation.

"The sentiment of the people of Andhra-Rayalaseema region is strongly against separation. As the Telangana leaders seem to be taking advantage of our silence, we are here to explain the situation in the state to the party high command," Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, a MP said.

The visit coincides with growing agitation, in support of a united state, in various parts of Andhra-Rayalaseema regions.

The group met state Congress in-charge Ghulam Nabi Azad in the evening. With both sides throwing barbs at each other, Azad asked the leaders to maintain restraint while referring to the other region.

He also assured consideration of all concerns while dealing with the issue. Azad requested the groups to come with some representatives and not embarrass the party with rallying of strength.

On Tuesday, they will meet the Prime Minister and the Congress core group members Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidmabaram and AK Antony.

No to talks proposal
Congress high command efforts to bring both groups to the talks failed with the Telangana leaders turning down the proposal. On Sunday evening Azad had invited top Telangana leaders to Delhi for discussions and also withdrawal of their resignations.

"What is the point of meeting Azad when he already stated that the statehood issue will not move an inch without an unanimous resolution of the assembly," said Sircilla Rajaiah, a MP.

TDP set for polls
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu asked his party men to girdle up for mid-term polls in the state. Addressing party workers at Hyderabad, Naidu said the state was going through turmoil because of Centre's indecision on Telangana and YSR Congress party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy's efforts "to grab power by hook or crook".

TDP MPs from Seema-Andhra are coming to Delhi on Tuesday to strategise their stand on a united Andhra.