Congress MPs from Coastal AP, Rayalaseema welcome statement

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 21:46

New Delhi: Congress MPs from coastal Andhra
and Rayalaseema regions on Wednesday welcomed Home Minister P
Chidambaram`s statement on a separate Telangana, saying it
will clear "misunderstanding" among the people of the region
on the issue.

The MPs, who met here immediately after Chidambaram made
the statement, said they have appealed to legislators in the
state to withdraw their resignations following the statement.

"We welcome the decision. This will clear the
misunderstandings among the people and politicians in the
coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions about the statehood
demand," senior Rajya Sabha MP J D Seelam said.

He said there were some apprehensions among the people of
the two regions over the statement made by Chidambaram on
December 9 in which he had said the Centre will initiate the
process for the formation of a separate Telangana state.

"Today`s statement clears everything... we are happy and
we welcome the statement," he said on the latest development.

He also exuded confidence that the government will take
every section into confidence before arriving at any decision.

"We are appealing to the MLAs from the state to withdraw
their resignations submitted to the Speaker in the wake of the
Centre`s announcement. We will persuade them," he said.

Recalling his December 9 statement, Chidambaram today said
since then the situation in Andhra has altered and that "a
large number of political parties are divided on the issue".

He said that wide-ranging consultations would now be held
and that the Centre will take "steps to involve all concerned
in the process".

Meanwhile, Congress MPs from Telangana expressed the hope that the Centre would not go back on
the decision to carve out a separate state from Andhra
Pradesh.

The MPs -- Sarvey Satyanarayana, Ponnam
Prabhakar, Madhu Goud Yaskhi and M Jagannath -- said today`s statement by Home Minister P
Chidambaram on holding further discussions on the issue was
made only to bring the situation in Andhra Pradesh under
control.

"We don`t see the statement as the one against the
creation of a Telangana state. It has been made only to bring
the situation in the state under control. It has been made to
bring peace to the state," Ponnam Prabhakar, Karimnagar MP and
Andhra Pradesh Congress MPs Forum Convenor, said.

The MPs also accused TDP and its chief Chandrababu
Naidu for "betraying" the people of Telangana by making a
u-turn on the statehood demand after promising to support the
resolution in the state Assembly.

Satyanarayana, Malkarganj MP from the Telangana
region, said the then NDA government in 2001 was ready to
carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh but the then Chief
Minister N Chandrababu Naidu did not accept it.

Satyanarayana said: "TDP and Chandrababu Naidu are
responsible for the current situation in the state. Naidu last
week said he will support the resolution but now he is saying
that he supports a unified Andhra Pradesh."

Prabhakar hoped that the High Command will not go back
on the decision to crave out a separate state.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 21:46

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