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Andhra CM brings anti-Telangana protest to Delhi, meets President

PTI  New Delhi, February 05, 2014
First Published: 18:55 IST(5/2/2014) | Last Updated: 21:44 IST(5/2/2014)

Opposing creation of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy on Wednesday brought his protest to the capital where he staged a sit-in and met President Pranab Mukherjee to request him to stop bifurcation of the state.

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Reddy, heading a Congress government in the state, sat on a dharna at Jantar Mantar for over five hours, to express his opposition to the carving out of the new state.

He brought his protest here on a day when the extended Winter session of Parliament started amid the central government's keenness to get the Telangana bill passed.

A host of state ministers and MLAs from the Seemandhara region were also present on the dais. Later, he was briefly joined by four central ministers -- M Pallam Raju, K Samba Siva Rao, D Purandeswari, Killi Kruparani.

READ: Will protect 'united Andhra' at any cost, says Kiran Kumar Reddy

After the sit-in, the chief minister met the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"We requested the President to use his power to ensure that there is no division (of the state)... We requested that the state should be kept united," he told reporters.

Contending that 75-80% people of Andhra Pradesh want the state to remain united, Reddy said "the will of the people" is represented by the resolution of Andhra Pradesh Assembly which rejected any move to bifurcate the state.

READ: Telangana bill with all documents sent to Delhi

He insisted that if the state is divided, people in both Telangana and Seemandhra will face lot of problems.

"Division of a state should be for the betterment of people of the region but this is going to be deteriorating.

"People of Telangana are going to suffer because of lack of water. It is going to lose 11 lakh cusecs of water. It will also have severe problem of power. Seemandhra will also have problems on account of education which is Hyderabad-centric," he said.

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