Union Minister of State for Railways Kotla Jayasuryaprakasa Reddy, who hails from this district, presented to Home Minister S. K. Shinde a bunch of resolutions adopted by 1,700 gram sabhas supporting creation of Rayala-Telangana to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in New Delhi.

The resolution states that the gram sabha endorses the unified Andhra Pradesh but in case of bifurcation, Rayala Telangana State should be created by adding Kurnool and Anantapur districts to 10 districts of Telangana.

According to sources, Mr. Suryaprakasa Reddy, Mr. T.G. Venkatesh from Kurnool, JC Diwakar Reddy and DCC president Madhusudan Gupta in Anantapur district worked out the strategy with the help of officials. Only Education Minister Shailjanath, who is close to Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy was understood to have opposed it. Mr. Suryaprakasa Reddy told The Hindu that they had conveyed the aspirations of the people of two districts to the Centre but the decision was left to the high command, he added.

Final nail

Meanwhile, Union HRD Minister M.M. Pallal Raju, told the The Hindu that it was regrettable that the final nail on the coffin of Andhra Pradesh was being hammered by the GoM by dividing the State despite strong protests. He was firm not to take any policy decision relating to the HRD Ministry and attend to work in his office as he had already given his paper. At the same time he was ensuring that the official works in his ministry did not suffer because of him.

More seats sought

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Vice-chairman Shashidhar Reddy, met the GoM and sought for increasing the number of Assembly constituencies in Telangana.

  • The Union Minister of State presents resolutions to Sushil Kumar Shinde in New Delhi

  • Resolutions adopted by 1,700 gram sabhas supporting creation of Rayala-Telangana