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Activists demand Minor Irrigation Minister T.G .Venkatesh’s resignation

Frayed tempers:Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G.Venkatesh pacifying the Samaikyandhra activists in Anantapur on Sunday.–Photo: R.V.S Prasad
Frayed tempers:Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G.Venkatesh pacifying the Samaikyandhra activists in Anantapur on Sunday.–Photo: R.V.S Prasad

Activists of the Samaikyandhra Joint Action Committee (JAC) on Sunday gheraoed the Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G .Venkatesh, in Anantapur demanding that he resign in support of the Samaikyandhra movement.

Mr Venkatesh, who is known to be an ardent supporter of an unified State, was caught off guard when a group of more than 30 activists of the Samaikyandhra JAC surrounded him and raised slogans in favour of an united State and demanded that he resign from the Legislature.

However, the Minister said that he was prepared to resign if and when the Centre took an unfavourable decision on the issue and asked the activists to press for the resignation of those other leaders who had openly stated that they were in support of the formation of a separate state of Telangana.

“The Congress as such, has made no commitment towards the formation of Telangana State,” he said when asked as to what the stand of the party was on the issue, but quickly added that leaders of both regions were merely abiding by the wishes of the people of the respective regions.

When questioned about the then Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in favour of Telangana on December 9, 2009; he said that the Union Government as well as the Congress government in the State were committed towards formation of a second SRC as was mentioned in the Congress manifesto.

He added that the Congress was not expressly in favour of a separate state of Telangana.

On the other hand, he predicted that there would be no statements in favour of Telangana before the 28th of this month, but did not venture into predicting the eventual result whenever it does come out, committing himself only to the extent that he and other leaders from the Seemandhra region would put their best foot forward in ensuring that the state remained unified.

Mr. Venkatesh was in town in connection with the inauguration of a burial ground in the Anantapur town christened 'Harischandra Ghat'.

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