Describing the Centre's decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh as ‘unacceptable’, Jagan, emerging from his meeting with Banerjee at 'Nabanna' (state Secretariat) told reporters, "We have sought her (Mamata) help in Parliament to prevent the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.”
    
"Whatever the Central government is doing is not acceptable. The Bill should be withdrawn. Before taking such a decision, consent of the Assembly of the concerned state should have been taken. It also requires two-third majority of both Houses of the Parliament. We are against bifurcation of any state in this way," Jagan said.
    
"They can't divide any state at their whims and fancies," he said, adding Article 3 of the Constitution (regarding formation of new states and alteration of areas, boundaries or names of existing states) should be amended.
    
Extending her full support to Jaganmohan Reddy, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, "Jagan and his mother are in touch with us. We will extend solidarity and full support to them. They (Jagan) are going to everybody. They have come to us. They are going to all opposition parties to seek support against the Bill."
    
On being asked why Telangana was not created earlier, Banerjee said, "It has now been done with a political motive just before the Lok Sabha elections. I don't know if it was in the Congress manifesto. Bifurcation (of a state) is a sensitive issue. Before taking such a decision the government should seek public opinion.”
    
"Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Chhatisgarh were created when all political parties unitedly supported a resolution and the matter was moved in the Parliament," the West Bengal CM said.

(Agencies)

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