A delegation of Seemandhra leaders led by Vijayawada Congress MP L. Rajagopal and consisting of Minor Irrigation Minister T.G. Venkatesh, on Thursday urged Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to declare that AP could not be divided (to form Telangana) as there was “no consensus”.

The Centre should take a “bold and quick decision” immediately to end the present stalemate once for all and there should finality to the issue.

The delegation, which included MLCs – B. Chenagl Rayudu and M. Sudhakar Babu -- in a memorandum to Mr. Shinde, urged him to issue an unequivocal statement that AP would be kept united to end the present impasse on Telangana.

“As the Centre is delaying the decision on the issue, public representatives of the ruling party are forced to support the stir taken up by other parties and organisations forcing the State government to succumb to the pressures at times,” they said.

Later talking to journalists, Mr. Rajagopal claimed that TRS president K. Chandrasekhar Rao had given a proposal to the Congress leadership that he was agreeable to merge his party with the Congress if Telangana was given, and also he was ready to accept Telangana without Hyderabad.

However, Peddapalli MP G. Vivekanand pooh-poohed Mr. Rajagopal’s demand wanting to know how could there be a “consensus” or passing of a resolution in the Assembly for Telangana when Seemandhra representatives were in majority.

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