The Justice B N Srikrishna Committee on Telangana today received the first representation from a Congress MP who opposed bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, saying a separate state will not do any good for the people of the region.
Lagadapati Rajagopal, the Vijayawada MP who quit over the issue and then withdrew his resignation, said "mere sentiment" should never be the ground for division of states.
"If states are divided based on this (sentiments), it will have far reaching repercussions. Definitely, there will be more and more such demands in the resultant a truncated state," he said in a letter to the committee's Member-Secretary V K Duggal.
Rubbishing the claim of Telangana supporters that the region was under-developed, the MP in his 5-page letter said all Telangana districts, except a couple of them, have shown more growth rate compared to other regions of Andhra Pradesh and also all India growth rate over the last 15 years.
"We are all proud of the development and prosperity of Telangana region, which is comparable to the best of the developed regions in the country," he said and claimed he got the figures from government and other agencies.