Congress MPs from Coastal AP, Rayalaseema welcome statement
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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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