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Lagadapati Changes Tune On Telangana!

Congress MP from Vijayawada Lagadapati Rajagopal, who had hitherto been strongly arguing that the Congress had never promised to grant separate statehood to Telangana region, changed his tune on Monday.

He said the Congress was very much in favour of granting separate Telangana state.

“Neither former chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy nor I am against Telangana. But the Congress party would not be able to deliver Telangana unless there was a consensus among the people of all the three regions,” he said.

Lagadapati pointed out that majority of the people in Andhra and Rayalaseema are opposing the formation of Telangana. So, though the Congress is in favour of Telangana state formation, it is not in a position to do it, he said.

“And since there is possibility of achieving consensus among the people of all the three regions, the question of Telangana formation does not arise. This has been the consistent stand of the Congress party, which mentioned the same in its election manifesto. Moreover, the party is aware that any decision in favour of Telangana would have nation-wide ramifications,” he said.

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