Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Bandaru Dattatreya on Thursday said only a section of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and the Congress supported the demand for keeping the State united.

The common public in Coastal Andhra will not mind if the State is bifurcated to create Telangana, he said.

Answering questions from newsmen after his visit to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Adilabad, he said though he was accosted by united Andhra protagonists during his recent visit to Visakhapatnam, they represent only a minority.

The BJP will launch awareness campaign on the positive aspects of bifurcation of the State soon in that region, he said.

The BJP leader wanted the Congress to come out with its stand on Telangana before beginning consultations with its allies in the United Progressive Alliance. He said without disclosure of its own stand, the exercise would only be laughed at.

Referring to the recent general strike and its withdrawal, Mr. Dattatreya wondered what stopped the government from conceding Telangana when it had conceded all other demands of the striking employees.

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