press trust of india
New Delhi/Hyderabad,
15 November
Ahead of the meeting between the Group of Ministers (GoM) on the Andhra Pradesh bifurcation and Union ministers from the state, Congress leaders from Telangana today discussed about key issues to be highlighted with the high-level panel.
The meeting gains significance as two state ministers from Seemandhra region have demanded Union Territory status for Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Area (HMDA) during their meeting with the GoM on Telangana early this week here.
A slew of issues were deliberated ahead of the Monday meeting with GoM.“How will they (Seemandhra people) be benefited by making Hyderabad a Union Territory, when they want a United Andhra Pradesh?” Congress leader and Lok Sabha member from Karimnagar, Ponnam Prabhakar said.
Echoing similar views, Rajaiah Siricilla, MP from Warangal constituency, said that any move to alter the status of Hyderabad would be vehemently opposed. “It is illogical,” he said.
Another Congress leader G V Ramana Reddy, who is also the Andhra Pradesh Government Chief Whip, said that funds would be sought for development of backward areas in
Telangana region.
Union Ministers Jaipal Reddy and Porika Balram Naik, besides three Andhra Pradesh Ministers from Telangana region, Lok Sabha members and MLAs participated in the meeting.
Will fight for ‘United’ Andhra says  Reddy
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy said in
Hyderabad today that he would strive very hard to keep Andhra Pradesh “united”, at all costs. He made ther statement at a public
grievances and mass contact programme that was held today.