Statehood for Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema demanded

Hyderabad: Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have lagged behind in development in Andhra Pradesh and formation of separate state for the two regions would facilitate focused growth, the Centre-appointed committee on Telangana was told on Monday.

"People of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have lost a lot due to the special concessions given to Telangana like those related to government jobs," Andhra Joint Action Committee told the Srikrishna Committee here.

"We demanded formation of a separate state for Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra with Vijayawada as its capital," S Krishna Murthy, convener of Andhra JAC, told reporters after a meeting with the Srikrishna panel members.

Andhra Dalit Mahasabha, a Dalit outfit, also demanded a separate state for Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra.

"Only two castes are dominating all others in the two regions. Formation of separate Andhra state by excluding Telangana would herald equitable development," Katti Padma Rao, leader of Dalit Mahasabha, claimed.

The Srikrishna panel members are on a three-day visit to the city from today for consultations with various groups.

Leaders of the two pro-Andhra groups later met TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao, who has announced that he would go to Vijayawada to give a push to the separate Andhra agitation.