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Sep 24, 2012 at 12:56pm IST

AP: Seemandhra Congress leaders seek Sonia's appointment

Hyderabad: Even though AICC emissary Vayalar Ravi made it clear that the Congress high command had not taken any decision on the Telangana issue so far, Congress legislators from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions have sought an appointment with their party chief Sonia Gandhi to persuade her to make an immediate announcement that the state will not be bifurcated.

A day after the Congress legislators from Seemandhra had resolved to step up pressure on the party high command, primary education minister and convener of AP Congress Legislators’ Forum Sake Sailajanath flew to the national capital on Sunday evening to intensify lobbying in Delhi for an announcement by the AICC that the present state would be kept intact.

Sources said that the minister is trying for an appointment with the AICC top brass either on Monday or Tuesday. As soon as the appointment is confirmed, legislators from Seemandhra will go to Delhi to air their views before the high command, said a source.

AP: Seemandhra Congress leaders seek Sonia's appointment

Congress MLAs from the Andhra and Rayalaseema regions want Sonia to announce that the state will not be bifurcated.

After reaching Delhi, Sailajanath said that every problem could be solved by holding negotiations and he was of the opinion that the interests of the weaker sections could be protected only in a unified state. He exuded confidence that AICC president Sonia Gandhi would take an appropriate decision on the issue of bifurcation.

Earlier, before leaving for Delhi, Sailajanath called on Eluru MP Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, a vehement opponent of the demand for separate Telangana state, at the latter’s residence here and held confabulations with him for more than an hour. The minister told reporters later that since the Congress MLAs from the Telangana region had intensified exerting pressure on the high command to accord statehood to the Telangana region, Seemandhra legislators would make counter-efforts to keep the state intact.