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Katari Srinivasa Rao

Hyderabad, Sept 12 (INN): The Lok Satta Party on Thursday took exception to the statements of certain Telangana leaders on the status of Hyderabad as the joint capital of Telangana and residual Andhra Pradesh.

State Lok Satta Party President Katari Srinivasa Rao pointed out in a media statement that people in Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema have launched the united Andhra Pradesh movement fearing that their safety and prospects in Hyderabad will be jeopardized if the State is divided.

The statements by certain Telangana leaders and associations that they will not agree to Hyderabad being retained as the joint capital for 10 years will merely complicate the issue instead of leading to a solution. As a result of their statements, Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema people conclude there is no alternative to agitating for a united Andhra Pradesh. Those who genuinely seek formation of a separate Telangana State should understand the concerns of those who want the State to remain intact and adopt a give-and-take attitude to resolve the issue.

Srinivasa Rao said that people of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema are paying the price for concentration of political power, administration and economic development in Hyderabad city by successive Governments. Telangana leaders should appreciate they are victims of perverse politics and failed leadership, he said.

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