"We have explained clearly the (negative) implications of the proposed division and wanted the high command to take an appropriate decision at the earliest. The AK Antony Committee was appointed based on our pleas (against the division)," the Congress leader maintained.
The Congress has set up a panel under Defence Minister AK Antony to study the problems of non-Telangana regions and talk to party leaders who are opposing the state's division.
The union minister further clarified all concerned groups have waited for four years and there is no harm in waiting for a few more days. The high command has to take a call on this issue after discussing with all the concerned groups and individuals. Whatever be the eventual decision they will abide by the high command.
"Andhra Pradesh is a comprehensive state on scientific lines as well as resources. What purpose will the division of the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha MPs, serve? The prestige of the state will grow only if it remains united," he stressed.
The MP from Eluru in coastal Andhra said it was his firm opinion that smaller states would not serve the nation's interests. There was no need to divide the state only to serve the interests of a ‘few political leaders.’
The businessman-turned-politician also maintained he never took a ‘U-turn’ on the state bifurcation issue. "Such an accusation pains me."
Referring to Hyderabad, which always remained the bone of contention between pro and anti-bifurcation supporters, Rao pointed out that all development over the years happened only in and around the state capital.
"People have sold their properties elsewhere and settled down in Hyderabad. Now, this very feeling that Hyderabad doesn't belong to them anymore, hurts everyone."


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