Staff Reporter

TIRUMALA: Former Chief Minister of Karnataka Dharam Singh on Friday opined that faster development is possible only when the States are united. Division of States will definitely hamper the development process, he said.

Dharam Singh, who turned 73 today, and celebrated his birthday in the presence of his family members atop the sacred hill shrine, said that the bifurcation of the States in terms of regions will do no good.

In reply to a question, he said that the Telangana statehood issue is of volatile nature. It is for this reason that the then Prime minister Indira Gandhi and the then Chief Minister M. Chenna Reddy mobilised huge funds for the development of the region.

He personally viewed the latest declaration by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram as being made in the larger interest of the nation and urged people to maintain harmony.

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In reply to another question, he said that there are no separatist voices in Karnataka and that the State remains one.

Earlier, Singh and his family members offered prayers at the famous hill temple of Lord Venkateswara.