Hyderabad, August 26 (INN): Former minister Dr P Shankar Rao on Monday demanded a high-level probe into the on-going Samaikhyandhra agitation.
Addressing a press conference in the Assembly premises here, Shankar Rao said that the agitation was being sponsored by some leaders with vested interest and they need to be exposed through a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation. He said that the agitation in Seemandhra region was superficial and stage-managed. Following the announcement by Congress president Sonia Gandhi of formation of an official committee, he demanded that the agitation be withdrawn immediately for the smooth division of Andhra Pradesh to carve out Telangana State.
Shankar Rao condemned the attack on Seemandhra advocates at the APNGOs Bhavan on Sunday. He said that Andhra Pradesh is still one State and any incident of violence would bring disrepute to the culture of Telangana. He also condemned the arrest of TRS leaders Etela Rajender and Swamy Goud during the party’s Peace Rally in Hyderabad on Monday. He said that by preventing peaceful rallies, police was trying to disturb the atmosphere in the State capital.
The former minister also condemned BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu for criticising Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Stating that the BJP was in ICU, he said that secular minded people, especially 25 per cent minorities in the country, would never vote for the BJP in next elections.