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Lagadapati Rajagopal
Lagadapati Rajagopal

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‘Introduce a resolution in the Assembly for separation of Telangana’

HYDERABAD: Congress MP from Vijayawada, Lagadapati Rajagopal, has requested Chief Minister K. Rosaiah to introduce a resolution in the State Assembly for separation of Telangana and allow MLAs to vote according to their conscience keeping in mind the wishes of people of Andhra Pradesh.

In a letter addressed to the Chief Minister on Friday, the MP said it was an appropriate time for the Assembly to make its decision loud and clear to the nation stating that Telugu pride and unity were intact. He would be forced to join the people’s movement for united Andhra Pradesh and would go on an indefinite hunger strike near the Assembly, if the resolution was not moved immediately.

He observed that Telugu people would lose significance, importance and strength in a federal set-up, if the State was split. Division of the State would also weaken the bargaining power of Telugu people to get funds from the Centre, he felt. It was time all the 60 MPs from the State convinced the Centre to accord ‘national project’ status to Polavaram and Pranahita-Chevella projects. The step would benefit the State by about Rs. 50,000 crore.

Stating that ‘Jai Telangana’ and ‘Jai Andhra’ movements were born out of genuine concerns of people about disparities and differences in job opportunities for different regions, he mentioned that Six-Point Formula and the Presidential Order had addressed all such concerns. The separatist movement was fuelled by unemployed politicians, who were flaring up sentiments.

It was unfortunate that developments in the State during the last two weeks had led to suicides and deaths of several innocent persons who were carried away emotionally due to the actions of some self-centred politicians, he lamented.

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