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TDP chief 'culprit' for Andhra situation: Jagan

December 15, 2009 17:32 IST

Breaking his silence on the Telangana issue, Kadapa Member of Parliament Y S Jaganmohan Reddy on Tuesday said he stands for a united Andhra Pradesh and alleged that the Telugu Desam Party and its chief N Chandrababu Naidu were responsible for the current situation in the state.

Jaganmohan, the son of late Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, also clarified that he was forced to exhibit his support for a united state in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, as he did not want the "TDP alone to take the credit for supporting a unified Andhra".

"I want to be with the people of Andhra Pradesh. We stand for a united Andhra Pradesh. Together as one family, we stand to develop Telangana as golden Telangana," the 37-year-old MP from Kadapa told reporters outside the Parliament.

"We stand for brotherhood. We need a united Andhra Pradesh," he said.

Reddy accused the TDP and Chandrababu Naidu of being the "culprits" for the current situation in the state.

"The TDP and Chandrababu Naidu are the culprits for all what is happening now. Had Chandrababu Naidu not said that he would support the resolution for bifurcation of the state, the situation would not have risen to this level," he said.

Reddy said when TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao was on fast, an all-party meeting was called for in which both Naidu and Praja Rajyam Party chief Chiranjeevi had said that they would support the resolution favouring formation of separate Telangana state.

"Only we (Congress) stand for brotherhood. They (Naidu and Chiranjeevi) said they would support the resolution. They wanted to break the state," he said.

Detailing on what happened in the Parliament earlier on Tuesday, Reddy said: "(I was) standing along with the members of Parliament and there was so much of confusion. Andhra MPs were shouting slogans for a unified state and Telangana MPs were shouting for a separate state. I was standing there and there was no other way to exhibit (my views).

"The TDP is not the champion for united Andhra. We stand for brotherhood," he said, when asked why he was seen shouting slogans along with TDP MLAs.

Jaganmohan along with some other party members joined a TDP protest against the decision to carve out a separate state from Andhra Pradesh in Lok Sabha and borrowed a placard from them as they shouted slogans in support of a united Andhra Pradesh.
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