Non-Telangana MLAs to visit Delhi today

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Rayalaseema/Andhra Congress MLAs and MLCs at the luncheon meeting hosted by J.C. Diwakar Reddy on Wednesday.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Rayalaseema/Andhra Congress MLAs and MLCs at the luncheon meeting hosted by J.C. Diwakar Reddy on Wednesday.

To seek support of Pawar, Mamata, Dayanidhi Maran

HYDERABAD: As part of a strategy to intensify their agitation for a unified Andhra Pradesh, legislators from Andhra and Rayalaseema have decided to send a delegation to New Delhi on Thursday to impress the central leadership to re-think its stand on the issue of statehood for Telangana.

At a luncheon organised by former Minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy at his residence here on Wednesday, the leader resolved that the delegation should also call on the UPA partners like Nationalist Congress Party, Trinamool Congress and DMK.

“We will meet Sharad Pawar, Mamata Banerjee and Dayanidhi Maran, who all have opposed bifurcation of States. We intend to call on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and other AICC leaders,” Mr. Diwakar Reddy told waiting reporters.

Over 50 legislators attended the meeting, where a committee headed by Kurnool MLA T.G. Venkatesh was constituted to chalk out the future action plan. Endowments Minister Gade Venkat Reddy and suspended TDP member N. Prasanna Kumar Reddy were present.

District-level committees would be constituted immediately to rope in all parties to launch a joint agitation. An overwhelming majority pointed out that other parties’ support was needed to make a concerted effort to oppose Telangana. Mr. Diwakar Reddy said in the last few days, there was no coordinated effort to bring the legislators under one platform. “Today we decided to invite all political parties in favour of integrated State to join our cause and visit New Delhi. Only if we fail to achieve our goal, should the students take over the movement,” he replied to a question.

Mr. Venkatesh said there was nothing wrong in roping in Telugu Desam and the Praja Rajyam. “We do not want to lose time and decided to visit New Delhi on Thursday itself, even though we are confident of getting some positive news from the Centre,” he said.

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