Congress Leaders from Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema on Thursday warned that the state would face tumultuous times and uncertainty if the state was divided and a separate Telangana state formed.
Talking to media persons after submitting their representations to the Srikrishna Commission, Eluru MP Kavuri Sambhasiva Rao revealed that the Seemandhra leaders had given a PowerPoint presentation over the importance of united Andhra Pradesh before the Commission.
The discussions between the Seemandhra leaders and the Srikrishna Panel took place for around two-and-half-hour at the Jubilee Hall.
Mr Sambhasiva Rao said the Seemandhra leaders have explained to the Commission that the politically unemployed leaders from Telangana region as behind the raising of the controversial statehood issue. They said that these politically unemployed leaders are taking advantage of people’s emotions and raising the issue for their selfish ends.
The Seemandhra leaders hoped that the Commission would give a favourable report respecting the sentiments of all people.
They feared that if Telangana state is carved out of Andhra Pradesh, then the demand for separate statehood would arise from many states and pose a threat to national integration.
When asked about to comment on the divergent opinions of the many leaders from Seemandhra over the issue, Mr Sambhasiva Rao refused to comment.
Mr Sambhasiva Rao also revealed that Union Ministers from the state would meet the Commission members separately.
Interestingly, only ten leaders from the expected twenty Seemandhra leaders turned up at the Jubilee Hall to submit their representations.
Earlier, the MPs had met at Mr Sambhasiva Rao’s residence and discussed over the power point presentation.