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Will meet PM to air views on united State: TGV

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VIJAYAWADA: Minister for Minor Irrigation T. G. Venkatesh on Wednesday said a delegation from the State comprising half a dozen Ministers and 10 to15 Members of the Legislative Assembly would camp at Delhi for three days from July 5.

Addressing a Press Conference on the sidelines of a review meeting with officials of the Minor Irrigation Department here, the Minister said that the main agenda would be to meet the core committee members besides seeking an appointment of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the Telangana issue.

He said tentative dates for meeting Mr. Singh could be July 5, 6 or 7. “The intention is to meet the Prime Minister and air our views on the need to ensure a united Andhra Pradesh,” he said, adding: “However, we will abide by the Centre's decision on the Telangana issue.” Asked to spell out his own stand on the issue, the Minister said that he would comment ‘at the right time'. Reacting to a query on the YSR Congress party chief Jagan, Mr. Venkatesh said that the ‘sympathy factor' was working in his favour.

“With time, this sympathy factor will wane,” he observed and said the series of yatras taken up by Jagan to ‘expose' the loopholes in the Government machinery had actually helped the party to strengthen itself. When a question was tossed on whether the PCC chief Botsa Satyanarayana had transformed into a ‘power centre', Mr. Venkatesh replied in the negative and attributed it to the ‘internal democracy' in the Congress party.

“In Congress party, every leader enjoys power. So there is no question of one person turning into a ‘power centre',” he said.

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