TDP State general secretary M. A. Shariff on Wednesday opined that the Centre should not go ahead with the State's division before addressing the concerns of all the stakeholders.

Dubbing the Telangana movement as one spearheaded by ''politically jobless leaders with a view to fuel regional animosities,'' he told a press conference here that ''a majority of people in the State are against the state's bifurcation.'' He contrasted the way the Centre was adamantly persisting with the state's division now and the way three new states were formed amicably.

The Centre should review its decision in the wake of the spontaneous stir above party affiliations in the Seemandhra region and address issues relating to sharing of water and revenue and the status of Hyderabad by bringing to the negotiating table the stakeholders from Telangana and Seemandhra.

Pointing out that Hyderabad had been developed due to combined efforts of people from both the regions for more than five decades, he said, ''It will not be possible to develop a city like Hyderabad even after toiling for over 50 years.''

The state, which had witnessed accelerated development during the TDP regime, had taken a downturn during the Congress rule, he observed, adding that the TDP should return to power for the all-round development of the state.

Naidu’s fast

TDP president N.Chandrababu Naidu's indefinite fast to expose the Congress-led UPA's political conspiracy to divide the Telugu people for electoral gains through an understanding with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti on the one hand and the YSR Congress on other had evoked good response from leaders of national parties, he added.

‘Centre should review its decision in the wake of the spontaneous stir above party affiliations in Seemandhra’