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70 p.c. for integrated State, claims Kodela

Kodela Sivaprasada Rao

Kodela Sivaprasada Rao  

HYDERABAD: Maintaining that 70 per cent of people favour an integrated State, senior Telugu Desam Party leader Kodela Sivaprasada Rao said on Monday that similar feelings were prevailing in Greater Hyderabad where a referendum could be held to ascertain the majority view.

At a press conference here, referring to the suicide by Babu Rao in Tirumala opposing State’s bifurcation, he said 70 per cent people felt the same, including in Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and a few Telangana districts.

Let the government hold a referendum in Greater Hyderabad and act according to the verdict.

On fears that there would be a spurt in naxalite activity in smaller States, Dr. Sivaprasada Rao cited the “experience” of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, contending that there was no industrial development or law and order in the States.

Alleging irregularities in the implementation of Indiramma housing, pensions and ration cards, he said there was a wide gap between the party’s election promise and ground reality.

There were a staggering 2.03 crore ration cards in the State, at least 45 per cent were “bogus”.

In the name of weeding out fake cards, those eligible were being denied.

Similarly, 20 lakh of the 70 lakh pensions were bogus, the TDP leader alleged.

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