Hyderabad: Reiterating that it was for the
Centre to take a decision on the contentious statehood issue,
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Tuesday
appealed to Telangana protagonists not to hamper the
development and welfare programmes.
"The Telangana demand is not new and it has been there for
the past 50 years. The Centre appointed the Srikrishna
Committee to look into the issue and based on its
recommendations and consultations with all political parties
it will take a decision. The state government will implement
whatever decision the Centre takes on Telangana", Kiran Kumar
Reddy said, replying to the motion of thanks to the Governors
address in the state Assembly on Tuesday afternoon.
The Chief Minister completed his reply in just about 12
minutes even as the TRS MLAs stormed the Speakers podium and
raised slogans demanding that the House pass a resolution
seeking creation of Telangana state.
Referring to the recent Rachchabanda (mass contact
programme) organised by the government across the state, the
Chief Minister pointed out it was a massive success despite
strong opposition by Telangana protagonists.
"The programme reflected the real aspirations of the
people in getting their grievances redressed. More than 66
lakh new petitions were received during the three-week long
programme from people seeking various welfare measures. Our
government is committed to implement all the welfare
programmes initiated since 2004", Kiran asserted.