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Cong MLAs to strike for united AP, CM Kiran backs stand

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy has once again asserted that united Andhra Pradesh would be in the interest of all.

‘It will be advantageous if the state remains united...We can achieve anything,’ the chief minister said.

He was addressing trainees of Central Civil Services at Marri Channa Reddy Human Resources Development Institute here on Tuesday.

The Andhra cheif minister said, ‘Political leaders are accountable to the public. If not, people will expel such leaders’.

Accentuating his opposition to carving out of Telangana as approved by Centre, the chief minister on Monday said the bifurcation would deprive four districts of Rayalaseema and five districts of coastal Andhra region of irrigation water. Kiran also listed out various welfare programmes being implemented by his government for the common people.

Meanwhile, Congress legislators from Coastal Andhra and Rayalseeema would soon undertake a 48-hour hunger strike in Hyderabad in support of united Andhra Pradesh.

The fast will be held after 9 September, AP minister S Sailajanath convener of United Andhra Pradesh MLAs and MLCs Forum told reporters.

He was speaking after the conclusion of a protest organised by the Seemandhra Congress legislators in the Legislative Assembly premises here.

Ruling Congress MLAs, MLCs and AP ministers from coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions today organised a protest in the Assembly premises here in support of united Andhra Pradesh.

About 15 ministers, more than 40 MLAs and 15 MLCs participated in the three-hour protest organised by the United Andhra Pradesh Congress MLAs and MLCs Forum.

On the occasion, state revenue minister N Raghuveera Reddy said Congress is being unfairly blamed for division of the state though it was the last party to endorse the separate Telangana demand. All other major parties did not voice opposition to division earlier, he said.

The Congress legislators from the Seemandhra region had earlier organised a protest in the Parliament premises.

During the protests, the Congress leaders noted that a ‘spontaneous movement erupted like a volcano’ in Andhra-Rayalaseema region against state bifurcation.

Raghuveera Reddy also said the two parties that claimed to be championing the cause of Telangana too did not wish the state to be divided.

He demanded that the TDP withdraw its resolution favouring creation of Telangana and write a fresh letter to the Centre seeking united Andhra Pradesh. ‘This will strengthen our fight for a united state,’ he said.
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