Rajahmundry: Rajahmundry MP U Arun Kumar on Saturday said Telangana issue will be solved amicably with the consultation of all parties in the January 5 meeting with the Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.
Addressing a press conference here, he said the time has come to discuss the developed and backward areas in the state and the causes for the backwardness should be discussed in detail to sort out the problem.
He questioned why many state and union ministers from Telangana region have not taken any developmental activities in their region during their tenure. Even chief ministers of this region did not take interest to develop backward regions in the Telangana, he alleged.
The MP said that he has full details on the amounts spent by the State Government for three regions - Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana.
When compared with backward areas of Andhra and Rayalaseema, majority funds were spent on development works in the Telangana region for sectors like education, agriculture, irrigation, he said. He refuted the charges made by Telangana region leaders that very few funds were spent for the backward areas` development in Telananga when compared to other regions of AP.
Telangana is developing rapidly when compared with Andhra and Rayalaseema, Kumar said. He pointed out that Fazal Commission has not find any fault in the demand for united Andhra Pradesh and it has not mentioned in its report to divide united AP into Andhra and Telangana states.
He said that State government has given priority for Telangana region`s development. "If we check the record, it is clear that without a member from Telangana region there was no Cabinet in Andhra Pradesh," he added.
Kumar said that he will brief the matter in detail to AICC chief Sonia Gandhi. He demanded the State government to release a white paper in detail about the amount spent and irrigation sources provided to each region --Andhra, Rayalaseema and Telangana-- so that public will know the real facts.
He said he will take active part in the January 5 consultations, where eight parties are scheduled to meet with Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi. He said that he would raise his voice for united Andhra Pradesh.
He said the Telangana issue will be solved amicably with the consultation of all parties. The parties should openly express their views on the issue to solve the problem.