A delegation of office-bearers of the Rayalaseema Parirakshana Samithi, led by former Telugu Desam leader Byreddy Rajasekhara Reddy will go to New Delhi on January 21 and meet political leaders in pursuance of their demand for a separate Rayalaseema State.
At a press conference here on Saturday, Mr. Reddy and others said the Congress would have to answer people of Rayalaseema as to how and why the population of a region that had just 52 Assembly constituencies were being deceived again and again.
“In 1953 and also in 1956 we were taken for a ride and now, 60 years later, people who matter in New Delhi are doing the same. We cannot wait any longer. It is all a numbers game with the region having 52 Assembly constituencies, while Telangana had 119 and Andhra had 123,” he stated.
Accompanied by RSS chief coordinator Thammadapalli Vijayaraj, secretary Bojja Dasaratha Rami Reddy, vice-president and writer Bhooman and another office-bearer Lalith Kumar, he warned that those who wanted to attach the region to either Telangana or Andhra State, would be given a taste of a fiery Rayalaseema. They said a separate Telangana was a certainty and the delay was only over the fight between political parties wanting to take credit. He demanded that a referendum be conducted by the high command to establish the fact that people wanted a separate Rayalaseema State. “We are confident of governing ourselves and get back on the developmental path,” he said, recalling with regret, the glory of Kurnool from the time when it was the State capital of Andhra Pradesh in 1956 after being separated from the Composite Madras State and the state of neglect now.