‘Ready for any sacrifice to keep State united'

Unless various unions, associations, and political parties of different regions of the State arrive at a consensus and reach unanimity on Telangana, there was no way the problem can be resolved, says Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal.

Responding to the reported allegation of TRS leader K. Chandrasekhara Rao that he (Rajagopal) and other Congress MPs like K.S. Rao and Rayapati Sambasiva Rao were not letting go of Hyderabad because of their properties in the city, the Vijayawada MP said that he would give the TRS leaders his property in the city if he promised to abandon his agitation for Telangana.

He was ready to make any sacrifice for the welfare of the State.

Addressing a press conference along with other elected representatives of the Congress party here on Wednesday, Mr. Rajagopal said that BJP national leader and former Home Minister L.K. Advani said in a letter to the then BJP MP A. Narendra that the “Government of India is of the view that regional disparities in economic development can be tackled through planning and efficient use of available resources. The Government, therefore, does not propose creation of a separate State of Telangana.”

He also listed the statements of senior BJP leaders such as Atal Bihari Vajpayee, M. Venkaiah Naidu, and Rajnath Singh in which they opposed the division of particular states on different grounds.

No open stand

He said that Union Home Minister P. Chindambaram had categorically stated that the political parties of Andhra Pradesh should reach unanimity over how to solve the problem. No two parties were seeing eye-to-eye on the issue and leaders were still hesitating to come out openly about their stand, Mr. Rajagopal said and cited TDP leader N. Chandrababu Naidu as an example.

Plea to youth

He urged youth not to fall prey to the ‘political games' of the leaders who were playing with their lives for their own selfish ends.

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