Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: In the wake of the growing demand for a united Andhra Pradesh in Rayalaseema, BJP leaders from the region’s districts have met the party leaders and urged them to revise the stand favouring bifurcation of the State.

Leaders from Anantapur, Kadapa, Kurnool and Chittoor districts told State BJP president Bandaru Dattatreya that the party should support the agitation favouring a united State in the region. In the event of creation of Telangana, they wanted the party to pitch for trifurcation by forming a Greater Rayalaseema State.

Representation

They gave a representation to this effect to the State leadership urging it to take up the issue with the national party.

According to Vishnuvardhan Reddy, Anantapur district BJP general secretary, the party cadres were already participating in the agitation in Rayalaseema. The leaders would chalk out their plan of action in the four districts after talking to local party activists.

Mr. Dattatreya assured the leaders that the party from the beginning stood for smaller States and would be in the forefront to protect the interests of Rayalaseema people. Meanwhile, BJP leaders from Telangana at a meeting here on Tuesday unanimously resolved to form a separate party committee for the region. The resolution was sent to the Central leadership by the State unit.