Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari on Wednesday said continuous pressure from Samaikyandhra supporters had forced the Congress leadership to ‘slowdown’ from going ahead on its decision to grant statehood to Telangana.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a CII conference here, Ms. Purandeswari said that she was 100 per cent committed for maintaining status quo. To a question, she said resignation by elected representatives would not help in any way.

“If my resignation will stop bifurcation I am ready to do so. But this is not the solution,” she said and underlined the need for putting up resistance unitedly against division. Asked to comment on preparation of a Cabinet note on Telangana, she shot back: “Where is the note? Have you seen it?”

Ms. Purandeswari said they had briefed the Antony Committee on the overwhelming support among the people for maintaining the status quo. “We have articulated the people’s anger and apprehensions to the committee and we hope the Centre will not go against the public sentiment,” she said.

Asked why she was not taking part in the Samaikyandhra agitation, she said she was trying continuously for the development of Visakhapatnam and trying to convince the Central leaders on the need to drop the decision on bifurcation.