Former Minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy believes that division of Andhra Pradesh would lead to disintegration of India as had happened with the USSR.

“There is a danger that formation of Telangana will lead to more such demands for new States and will ultimately end up disintegrating the country,” the Congress MLA from Tadipatri in Anantapur district said speaking at the media point on the Assembly premises on Thursday.

All regions would progress better only if the State was united, Mr. Diwakar Reddy said adding that it would be much better if all the existing States in the country were cancelled and the entire country was made into one administrative unit.

Asked about his demand in the past of merging Anantapur district with Bellary (Karnataka), the Congress MLA said it was only for the sake of argument and he did not mean it.

However, all water woes of Anantapur would be solved if it would be a part of Bellary, he admitted.

Mr. Diwakar Reddy maintained that Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy was leaving nothing to chance in stopping the State bifurcation.

He blamed the weak leadership of the Congress partyfor the present crisis.

Asked about Seemandhra Congress leaders’ political future, the former Minister said: “We don’t know where to go.”