SEEMANDHRA LEADERS MEET PM, PLEAD TO KEEP STATE UNITED

New Delhi, July 19 (NSS): The Seemandhra leaders met the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, at around 10.30 am on Tuesday.

Talking to the media after the meeting, the Primary Education Minister, Mr S. Sailajanath, said the Prime Minister told them that State bifurcation was a delicate issue. He said he and other leaders have urged the Prime Minister to consider implementing the sixth suggestion of the Sri Krishna Committee on the Telangana issue. He said they had taken to the notice of the Prime Minister some of the controversial remarks being made by some Telangana leaders. They also reminded Dr Singh about the need for appointing a second SRC, he added.

Mr Gade Venkata Reddy said they had impressed upon Dr Singh to keep the State united. He said they told the Prime Minister that the people want the State to remain united. The Secondary Education Minister, Mr K. Parthasarathy, said they told the Prime Minister that the State would progress only when it remains united.

The Seemandhra leaders also met the Defence Minister and CWC member, Mr A K Antony, after their meeting with the Prime Minister on Tuesday.

Speaking to the media later, Mr Kavuri Sambasiva Rao said they asked the Centre to follow a scientific method to tackle demands for bifurcation of States. He said they told the minister that they were firmly opposing bifurcation of the state.

Meanwhile, the PCC Chief, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, met the recently inducted Union minister, Mr Kishore Chandradev at his office in New Delhi. The meeting is stated to be a courtesy call as the minister was also from his area.  (NSS)

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