Development only if Andhra remains united: Chiranjeevi
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Last Updated: Friday, December 18, 2009, 17:53
  
Tirupati: Praja Rajyam Party president K Chiranjeevi on Friday asserted that development is possible only if Andhra Pradesh remained united.

Chiranjeevi, who resigned as an MLA yesterday, visited this temple town, which is also his assembly constituency, to launch his tour of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions in support of a unified state.

He drove straight to Tirumala hills after landing in Renigunta airport and pay obeisance to Lord Venkateswara.

He then visited the relay hunger-strike camps where students of Sri Venkateswara University were sitting on fast for the past six days protesting against the state's proposed bifurcation.

He expressed solidarity with the fasting students and vowed to fight for a unified Andhra Pradesh.

Chiranjeevi said majority of the people of the state were strongly opposing the bifurcation. "As a political party, we respect the people's will. Accordingly, we have decided to change our party stand on the Telangana issue and extend support for united Andhra Pradesh," Chiranjeevi said.

He alleged that demand for creation of Telangana state was being raised only by some political vested interests.

"Some people are seeking political gains by pitching for division of the state," he said in an oblique reference to Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K Chandrasekhar Rao.

The PRP president will fly to Visakhapatnam from Chennai tomorrow morning and continue his tour of coastal Andhra before entering into Rayalaseema towards the end of this month, party sources said.

PTI


First Published: Friday, December 18, 2009, 17:53


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