Minister for Minor Irrigation T.G. Venkatesh has said the Srikrishna panel did not give due importance to Rayalaseema as no solution was offered for backwardness of the region.

Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Mr. Venkatesh said they would represent to the Congress High Command and the Centre to take care of the interests of Rayalaseema in the event of the division of the State.

He said as per the Srikrishna panel, the region was given freedom to join either Telangana or Coastal Andhra but no freedom to remain independent. Either Telangana or Coastal Andhra would not embrace Rayalaseema but the region should join one of them without any demands.

Mr. Venkatesh analysed that as per the panel report, backwardness was not a serious issue with Telangana. The leadership was apprehensive about the political domination of Rayalaseema and Coastal Andhra leaders. Leading the State as chief ministers by Rayalaseema leaders for a longer duration irked the Telangana leaders who wanted to keep the posts to themselves.

Mr. Venkatesh urged the leaders from Rayalaseema to forego the Chief Minister's position for some time in the larger interests of the region and win the confidence of Telangana leaders.

Also, Mr. Venkatesh urged political parties not to involve innocent students in the political games, which should be played by politicians. He said it would be unfair on the part of political parties to involve students for short-term gains and play with their lives.

Mr. Venkatesh expressed happiness over the transparency adopted in dealing with the Srikrishna panel report. Nowhere in the history, was a report published in such short span.

He said as advised by the Centre, they would react formally after reading the full text of the report in a few days.