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Body comprising Telangana members meets Srikrishna panel, backs united AP

FRESH VIEWPOINT: (From left) Former Union Minister P. Shiv Shanker, freedom figher N. Madhava Rao, Congress MP L. Rajagopal and former DGP M.V. Bhaskar Rao after meeting the Srikrishna panel in Hyderabad on Thursday. — Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

FRESH VIEWPOINT: (From left) Former Union Minister P. Shiv Shanker, freedom figher N. Madhava Rao, Congress MP L. Rajagopal and former DGP M.V. Bhaskar Rao after meeting the Srikrishna panel in Hyderabad on Thursday. — Photo: G. Krishnaswamy  

Perhaps, for the first time since Srikrishna Committee commenced the process of consultations on the situation in the State, an organisation that also comprised leaders from Telangana, supported the cause of united Andhra Pradesh before the panel here on Thursday.

A 32-member delegation of National Council for Peace and Integration (NCPI), led by Congress MP from Vijayawada Lagadapati Rajagopal, that also comprised former Union Minister P. Shiv Shanker and freedom fighter Narra Madhava Rao and a few others from different walks of life from Telangana, suggested to the Committee to recommend decentralisation of powers and empowerment of local bodies to deal with the demand for division of the State. By realising the concept of district governments, which they said would meet the needs of aspirants of political power, the problem of recurring demands for separate States could be addressed not only in A.P. but all over India, they argued. They requested the Committee to issue a white paper on the progress of different regions in the State since 1956 for public consumption.

“We made several suggestions to tackle problems of employment, appointments, economic disparities, social injustice and regional imbalance,” Mr. Rajagopal told mediapersons later.

They also suggested to the Committee to recommend formation of a commission to deal with backwardness and under-development from mandal and district-level.



Earlier, Samaikyandhra Congress MLAs' and MPs' Forum reasoned before the Committee that there was no necessity for division of the State. Forum leaders S. Sailajanath, E. Pratap Reddy, Anam Vivekananda Reddy substantiated their stand with the help of facts and figures, when the panel asked them about the benefits of keeping the State intact and losses if divided.

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