Lagadapati Rajagopal ready to join PRP

Extending his support to Praja Rajyam Party president K Chiranjeevi’s decision to tour Telangana to garner people’s support for the unified State, Congress MP Lagadapati Rajagopal has said he is ready to join hands with him for the noble cause if invited.

Speaking at the Meet the Press programme organised by Tirupati Press Club here today, Rajagopal said pro- Samaikyandhra protagonists should come together to thwart the `evil designs’ of separatists who were hell bent on getting the State bifurcated.

Sharply reacting to the reported threat of TRS president K Chandrasekhara Rao that a civil war would broke out if Telangana was not given, the Congress MP demanded against him for indulging in sedition. The separatist tendency would ultimately pose a threat to the integrity of nation, if it was not nipped in the bud, the MP said, adding that he would approach the Union Home ministry seeking action against Rao for his threat.

The Election Commission should derecognise the political parties whipping up separatist feelings on regional, communal and caste lines to protect the unity and integrity of the country, he said.

Maintaining that a majority of people in Telangana were against bifurcation of the State, he said the will of the silent majority would ultimately prevail over the vocal minority.

Realising the fact, the TRS had now changed its criterion for a separate State from regional backwardness to the self respect of people of Telangana.

“This would also not stand before Srikrishna Committee, which is adopting the most scientific way to find out the genesis of Telangana problem,’’ he added.

Stressing the need for promoting balanced growth, he said there was no doubt that many areas were still backward in the State as they were neglected. But the backwardness was not limited to a region, but to a district, a mandal and even a village, he said.

Answering a question, he said there was no need for a move m e n t f o r Samaikyandhra on the lines of the one spearheaded by the TRS for separate Telangana.

“There is no comparison between the two movements.

Separate Telangana is a creation of the vocal minority, while Samaikyandhra is an innate feeling of people,’’ he said.

He lauded chief minister K Rosaiah for putting the State back on the growth path following the tragic demise of former chief minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

The MP announced a donation of Rs 1 lakh for Journalists Welfare Fund set up by Tirupati Press Club.


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