Both the leaders had a detailed discussion on the issue. (Agencies)
After the meeting, Akhilesh told reporters that the Samajwadi Party (SP) is ‘not in favour of division of any state and would do anything for that’.
"Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) has always been against the formation of small states. SP is not in favour of division. He (Jaganmohan) is talking about amendment in Article 3. As we are not in favour of division, we will do everything against that,” Akhilesh said.
“I and Jaganmohan met in the Lok Sabha. Although I left the House later but the relationship will continue for long. Ideology will come and go, but the relationship will never end," he added.
Jaganmohan after the meeting said that he had a long discussion with the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on this issue, and added that he has asked him to support the YSR Congress.
“We talked about amendment in Article 3 and he was convinced. We are thankful to him,” said Jaganmohan.
“If Andhra Pradesh is bifurcated like this, it will set a precedent and in future anybody having adequate number of seats can divide any state on his whims and fancies,” he added.
The Kadapa MP said the YSR Congress was seeking support cutting across the party line on this issue.
“From BJP to Mamata didi, we are requesting everyone to support us. Everybody who respects democracy should come forward,” he said.
Jaganmohan said that this is the first time when a new state was being created without a resolution from the state Assembly.
The Union Cabinet earlier on Thursday night approved a bill for the creation of a Telangana state with ten districts, paving the way for bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to give birth to the country's 29th state.
Both the leaders had a detailed discussion on the issue.