Over two dozen elected representatives from the Rayalaseema region have resolved to oppose the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
Addressing a seminar organised by Rayalaseema Hakkula Ikya Vedika at Maurya Hotel here on Saturday, the Rayalaseema leaders warned of serious consequences if the Centre decides in favour of formation of Telangana.
Besides Minor Irrigation Minister and Vedika president TG Venkatesh, 24 MLAs and four MLCs belonging to Congress, TDP and YSR Congress party participated in the seminar. The speakers claimed that the people of Rayalaseema have made several sacrifices for the formation of Andhra Pradesh. They said that they even compromised on the State capital being shifted to Hyderabad from Kurnool. Therefore, they would not allow the Centre to bifurcate the State, at any cost.
Addressing the seminar TDP MLA KE Krishna Murthy warned that the State would burn if the Centre decides in favour of Telangana. He said that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi president K Chandrasekhar Rao has been trying to exploit the Telangana sentiments for personal gains.
Other leaders who addressed the seminar include MLAs P Keshava, Abdul Ghani, Srikanth Reddy and Bojjala Gopala Krishna Reddy. A resolution was also passed asking the centre to keep the Andhra Pradesh integrated. They also demanded that all pending projects in the Rayalaseema regions must be completed soon. The leaders also asked the Centre to allocate two per cent of the funds for the development of Rayalaseema region under the 12th Five Year Plan. (INN)