Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G. Venkatesh has suggested that an organisation on the lines of the Rayalaseema Sainika Sena that works at the grassroots-level to protect the interests of people of the region be created in Andhra region also.
Taking an aggressive stance at the Samaikyandhra Congress elected representatives' conference here on Saturday Mr Venkatesh said Rayalaseema made the ultimate sacrifice for the State allowing the capital to be shifted from Kurnool to Hyderabad. “If Kurnool is still the capital there would have been not Telangana problem,” he said.
The wealth of a state usually finds its way to the capital and that was what happened to Hyderabad. Thousands of jobs were created there because it was the capital, but the people of Rayalaseema could not apply for them because of the 610 G.O. Politicians of other regions were not welcome and investments were also not being allowed.
He said it was in these circumstances that the Rayalaseema Hakkula Ikya Vedika was formed. Telangana leaders were saying that they needed to safeguard their culture and so do the people of Rayalaseema and Andhra. The culture of Telangana was to break the statues of stalwarts from other areas, but the culture of Rayalaseema and Andhra was different.
The picture of Congress leaders from all the areas in the State had been put up at the meeting for a united State. P.V. Narasimha Rao, who belonged to Telangana, got elected as an MP from Rayalaseema and went on to become the Prime Minister, he said. That was the culture of these areas.