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HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

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

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 30, 2014
First Published: 19:20 IST(30/1/2014) | Last Updated: 02:35 IST(31/1/2014)

Andhra Pradesh chief minister on Thursday reiterated he would quit politics if the Telangana bill was tabled in Parliament in its current form. “We will protect united Andhra at any cost,” he said, challenging the Centre.

Both Houses of the Andhra Pradesh legislature, by a voice vote on Thursday, rejected the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013 on creating a separate Telangana state, but this may not deter the central government from tabling the bill in Parliament next month.

“If the bill, which we have rejected, is tabled in the same form, I will quit politics,” Reddy told CNN-IBN in an interview. He denied he was planning to build a new party on the united Andhra plank, saying, “My future is not important. It is the future of the state and the people I care about.”

The Andhra CM said the Centre should not take a decision on Telangana unilaterally and should consider the appeal of those who had rejected the bill.

Reddy said his opposition to the bill was not a political pitch and the MLAs who were against a separate Telangana state were meeting only to protect the future of the state. “It was a mistake to attempt a bifurcation of the state… Telangana as a separate state can't survive. It will face too many problems,” he added.

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