Rayalaseema, Telangana leaders make claims and counterclaims
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Andhra Pradesh Labour Minister Danam Nagender from Telangana claimed yesterday that there are "indications" from the Centre that Andhra Pradesh will be "bifurcated".
"We have indications from the Centre that AP is going to be bifurcated. Going by what the Centre is thinking, Hyderabad could be the common capital of the two new states for 10 years," he said.
AP Civil Supplies Minister D Sridhar Babu, also from Telangana, echoed Danam's claims, while Rajya Sabha member Palvai Govardhan Reddy joined the chorus.
Not to be outdone, AP Infrastructure and Investments Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao from Rayalaseema hit back saying, "We don't know what signals Danam has got, but we have received signals that the Centre is going to keep the state united".
Ganta went on to say that they would quit their posts if the Centre took a decision in favour of Telangana.
Today, AP Women Development and Child Welfare Minister Sunita Laxma Reddy too hinted that Telangana state would become a reality soon.
However, School Education Minister S Sailajanath made light of his Telangana colleagues' claims and maintained that they did not receive any signals on the state's bifurcation.
"All we know is that the Union Home Ministry is engaged in the exercise on the statehood issue and that it is looking into recommendations made by the Justice Srikrishna Committee," he said.
"We always stood for a unified state and we are meeting here on the January 17 to discuss the issue. In a democracy, everyone has a right to express his or her views," Sailajanath remarked, referring to the Telangana ministers' claims.
Finance Minister Aanam Ramanarayana Reddy said they would attend the meeting on January 17 and convey the people's wishes for a unified state to the Congress high command.
When asked about Infrastructure Minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao's threat to resign from the post if Telangana state was conceded, the finance minister said that, "It could be an individual decision. We will abide by the Centre's decision on the issue," he said.