I am ready to put the first signature on the letter: Jagan

I am ready to put the first signature on the letter: Jagan - Sakshi Post

YSR Congress party chief Jagan Mohan Reddy on Saturday called for a united fight by all political parties to stall division of Andhra Pradesh and said he is ready to be the first signatory to a letter to the central government in this regard.

In his first public statement after his release from jail this week and his maiden reaction to Congress party's decision to carve out separate Telangana state, he said the central government should keep the state united if it is unable to do justice to all the regions.
Seemandhra lawyers' joint action committee called on Jagan Mohan Reddy at his residence at Lotus Pond in Hyderabad on Saturday evening.
He claimed that 60 percent of the state's population was on streets to protest the injustice.
He accused Congress of dividing the state for votes and seats and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) of keeping quiet due to fear of losing votes and seats. He challenged TDP to take back its letter sent to the central government, backing the demand for Telangana state.
He said the MPs and state legislators of the two parties were either refusing to resign or submitting their resignations for namesake. "If we fail to rise to the occasion and fight this conspiracy, history will not forgive us," he said.
He suggested that presidents of all parties send a joint a letter through Samaikyandhra Joint Action Committee to the central government to demand it to keep the state united. "I am ready to put the first signature on the letter," he said.
Jagan said the state's division would lead to many problems including the severe problem of river water sharing.
He requested other party leaders to be honest and join the fight to stop the bifurcation. ”When we say we want Samaikyandhra, it means we need Rayalaseema, Coastal Andhra and Telangana. All regions are important to us,” he said.
Stating that half of state’s revenue is coming from the capital, Jagan asked how can salaries would be paid without the source of income.
"Even while the State is united, we are not getting water unless the needs of Maharashtra are met and Alamatti and Narayanpur dams of Karnataka are filled up. Now if another State (Telangana) comes in between, where will Srisailam project get the water from? Later, where will Nagarjunasagar get its water from? There would be water disputes among people along the Krishna river ayacut on a daily basis?," Jagan Mohan Reddy asked.
If you divide State for a few votes and seats in one region, there will be no drinking water from Kuppam to Srikakulam. Congress is speaking of providing national status to Polavaram. If another state comes in between, getting water to Polavaram is not that easy, he asserted.



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