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‘Second SRC alone will look into Telangana issue’

Lagadapati says State’s share of annual plan allocation will fall if it is divided



Lagadapati Rajagopal

HYDERABAD: Congress MP from Vijayawada Lagadapati Rajagopal said that the party stood by the second States Reorganisation Commission (SRC) with regard to creation of Telangana State.

Asked to react to former Minister M. Satyanarayana Rao’s at a press conference here on Thursday, Mr. Rajagopal said any decision on Telangana would be taken on the basis of the SRC’s recommendations. “It is not proper to say that Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy is opposed to creation of separate Telangana,” he said.

Party’s stand

“Every Congress leader knows the stand taken by the party on Telangana since it is there in the election manifesto and the Congress Working Committee’s resolution. It is not proper for anyone to voice a different opinion on the issue now,” he said.

The MP said it was for the Congress high command to decide whether it wanted to create a separate State without waiting for the second SRC report and everyone had to respect its decision. He said that at present Andhra Pradesh got the highest annual plan allocation but the situation would not remain the same if the State was divided. “Our annual plan size is touching the Rs. 30,000-crore mark, but our bargaining power will go if the State is divided,” he remarked.

Personal issue

On the rift between two Congress MLAs Devineni Rajasekhar and Vangaveeti Radhakrishna, he said it was a personal issue and the party high command was aware of it. Earlier, he met the Chief Minister and explained the issues that came to his notice during his 80-day-long padayatra of his constituency.

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