YSR Congress president Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy has made it clear that his party would not allow the debate on the draft A.P. Reorganisation Bill in the Assembly, as agreeing to it would be tantamount to accepting bifurcation of the State.

Mr. Reddy was addressing a press conference here on Thursday after he, along with a team of party leaders comprising two MPs, 23 MLAs, five MLCs and 13 former MLAs, met President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapathi Nilayam and submitted affidavits on behalf of each of them seeking a united State. He appealed to legislators of other parties, particularly the Telugu Desam and the Congress, to rise above political affiliations, act according to their conscience and submit similar affidavits.

TDP chief criticised

Lashing out at Chandrababu Naidu, Mr. Reddy said the TDP chief would not even try to give an affidavit as he had already given a letter in support of bifurcation and refused to withdraw it when the APNGOs met. Since Mr. Naidu would not change, he urged TDP legislators to come forward and submit the affidavits.

History would remember Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Mr. Naidu as “betrayers” if theyfailed to stall the debate in the Assembly, Mr. Reddy said. He asserted that the YSR Congress would not, at any cost, support the debate in the Assembly, and would give a note detailing the injustice the State would be subjected to in the event of bifurcation.