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Andhra, Rayalaseema MPs pitch for united AP

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Delegation submits 400-page report to Justice Srikrishna Committee

— Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

UNITED STAND:MPs from Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra regions coming out of Jubilee Hall after presenting their case to Justice Srikrishna Committee in Hyderabad on Thursday.

HYDERABAD: A delegation of Congress MPs from Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions presented a strong case in favour of continuing the existing set up of integrated Andhra Pradesh before the Srikrishna Committee here on Thursday.

In their report that ran into 400 pages in two volumes, the MPs stated that Telangana sentiment was varied across the region. While the demand was high in 27 out of 54 Assembly segments in North Telangana, it was average in 26 constituencies in South Telangana. But, it was negligible in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Khammam districts with 39 constituencies.

Citing the case of Punjab, the MPs said in their report: “As Punjab was separated after a hatred movement, the demand for separation of that State transformed into the demand for its separation from the country (Khalistan) itself.”

Water disputes

Sources said the delegation reportedly expressed fears that there could be more disputes over river water sharing in the event of bifurcation. “There will be possibility of more problems over sharing of water,” a Congress MP said. It is understood that they objected to Telangana leaders calling them ‘exploiters' of water resources.

Solution offered

The panel was said to have asked why the river water dispute could not be resolved when several influential leaders from Rayalaseema region were at the helm of affairs.

The committee members were quoted as telling the Seemandhra MPs that they would show a solution to the disputes.

Speaking to media persons later, leader of the delegation Kavuri Sambasiva Rao said they were confident that the committee was convinced by their views.

Missing MPs

When his attention was drawn to the absence of some MPs, he said only Union Ministers were not present as they would meet the committee separately.

Mr Sambasiva Rao replied in the negative to a question whether the issue of declaring Hyderabad as a Union Territory, figured in their presentation to the panel.

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