New Delhi: Congress Rajya Sabha member V Hanumantha Rao on Friday said the resolution pertaining to bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh could be defeated in the state assembly, but expressed hope that Parliament would vote in favour of Telangana.
"The Seemandhra MLAs constitute majority in the Andhra Pradesh assembly with more than 170 seats while the Telangana region comprises of only 119 MLAs. Since the majority of the number matters, the resolution could be defeated in the state assembly," he told reporters at a press conference here.
Parliament would vote in favour of Telangana with the support of Congress besides the BJP, which has favoured carving out of a new state. He, however, wondered what the Seemandhra representatives may achieve by defeating the resolution in the Assembly.
"By defeating the bill in the assembly, they (Seemandhra MLAs) can cry that it was defeated in the assembly though the high command has given its consent for Telangana. This is the excuse that the Seemandhra MLAs will give to the local people," said the MP from the Telangana region.
He also attacked TRS leader Keshav Rao, saying Congress would reap benefit with creation of Telangana.
"Congress will take credit for carving out Telangana. We will win 15 seats from the region," he asserted.