Lagadapati submits 5th report to panel

Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal has submitted his fifth report to the Srikrishna Committee on the need to keep the State united.

Releasing a copy to mediapersons today, he denied that the Gentlemen’s Agreement reached between Andhra and Telangana leaders at the time of the formation of Visalaandhra was violated. He claimed that a majority of people in the Telangana region wanted the State united.

The MP said that he had submitted four reports to the Srikrishna Committee earlier and the fifth contained some more facts on the Andhra and Telangana regions.

He mentioned that the Hyderabad state legislature passed a resolution on March 21, 1953 seeking a merger with Andhra state. He said there was no violation of the Gentlemen’s Agreement. As for the deputy chief ministership, he said the post was to be given to a Telangana leader for two years, but not for five years. The Pradesh Congress Committee submitted a report to the government in 1969 stating that there was no violation of the Gentlemen’s Agreement.

The MP expressed surprise over the failure of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi to submit its report to the committee so far though it was making a hue and cry that Telangana region was neglected. He said the GO 610 GO was issued to benefit some employees of the irrigation department. While several employees were repatriated to the Andhra region, many were sent back to the Telangana region, he said.

Objecting to the zonal system and the six-point formula, the MP said that he had submitted a detailed report to the Srikrishna Committee.

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