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Updated: August 17, 2013 11:38 IST

Dialogue only way out, says Srinivas

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D. Srinivas
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D. Srinivas

Former PCC president D. Srinivas has said that there was urgent need to thrash out the concerns of the stakeholders in the Seemandhra region in order to ensure all round development of the two States.

“It is high time, the two sides realise the benefits of having separate States. It is my earnest endeavour that the TNGOs and the APNGOs office bearers sit and sort out the contentious issues,” Mr. Srinivas told reporters on Friday.

At a press conference here, the senior Congress leaders said before the people of the two regions develop bad blood over the developments of the past few weeks, it was better to defuse the situation by finding amicable solution to the areas of concern.

Business acumen

He said Telugu speaking people were known for their business acumen, intelligence and skills all over the world. “Bifurcation of the State should not create hatred among the Telugu speaking population,” he said adding that there was immense scope for the two States to develop on all front.

He said the first and the foremost was the status of Hyderabad. “There should be no doubt in the minds of people that those settled in the Twin Cities from other regions would be made to go back. No one has the right to evict any body from this place,” Mr. Srinivas said.

Mr. Srinivas said Seemandhra region had potential to develop on all fronts. Mr. Srinivas said that the 1,000 km long coastline dotted with over half a dozen sea ports was crucial for the region.

He said unlike Telangana, there were several cities and towns that could be considered for the new capital.

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