Rayalaseema region suffered maximum damage at the hands of the sons of the soil rather than by outsiders. The region is set to lose its unique cultural and historical identity due to the political game plan of various political parties, said Rayalaseema Rashtra Samithi president Kunchem Venkatasubba Reddy.

“While keeping the State united is our first option, any step towards splitting the State should consider making it three parts, not two,” he said, indicating the need to carve out a ‘Greater Rayalaseema’ State.

Though Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy (Congress), TDP chief N. Chandrababu Naidu, YSR Congress leader Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy and CPI secretary K. Narayana hailed from the region, they neither cared for its development, nor protected its interests by obstructing bifurcation. Taking serious exception to the way the leaders had ditched the region, he wondered how any government could mobilise Rs.20,000 crore required to realise Handri Neeva, Galeru Nagari, Telugu Ganga and Velugodu irrigation projects envisaged to wet 15 lakh acres in the five southern districts. He squarely blamed Congress leaders such as Sushil Kumar Shinde, Ahmed Patel, Digvijay Singh and Veerappa Moily for talking only about Telangana and Andhra, as if Rayalaseema did not exist.

In an informal chat with The Hindu , he sought to know why Kiran did not have the guts to issue such assertive statements when the CWC gave a piece of its mind two months back. “Had he not minced words, things would not have come this far,” he reasoned. Mr. Reddy urged the people of Rayalaseema to break their silence and speak for the future of their children.