TDP district president and Chilakaluripet MLA Pratthipati Pulla Rao said the decision to bifurcate the State was apparently prompted by political compulsions of the Congress.

A large number of teachers led the protests against the move to bifurcate the State here on Wednesday under the aegis of the JAC formed by them. Some of them sat on hunger strike at the Hindu College Centre demanding that the State be kept intact. Expressing solidarity with them, TDP district president and Chilakaluripet MLA Pratthipati Pulla Rao said the decision to bifurcate the State was apparently prompted by political compulsions of the Congress.

Instead of withdrawing its hasty decision, the Congress constituted the Antony Committee, which has no Telugu man in it. The government committee that was promised by Sonia Gandhi would not be any different. “These committees are not going to serve the purpose, of allaying the apprehensions of people of coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema. The larger public opinion is completely ignored by the so called political parties,” he said.

Former MLC Rayapati Srinivas said the Seemandhra region was tottering on the brink of a major crisis.