November 20, 2013
WB CM Mamata Banerjee meets Jagan Reddy, supports United Andhra demand
YSR Congress chief Jaganmohan Reddy today met WB CM Ms. Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata and sought her support in his campaign against the division of Andhra Pradesh for a separate Telangana state. The West Bengal Chief Minister fully backed his stand.
“Five years ago, the Congress had said in its manifesto that they would form Telengana. Why didn`t they do it in the last five years?“ Mr Banerjee said, adding, “Before elections, if you bulldoze, if you put pressure, it is not correct. If you do something just before elections, there is a political motive. To divide a state for political motive is not correct.“
“We had approached Didi for help in ensuring that in Parliament the bifurcation bill is stopped,“ said Jaganmohan Reddy.
“We want an amendment that will make an assembly resolution mandatory for such decisions. If 2/3rd of the assembly and Parliament support the division, only then the state should be split. Otherwise, no government in Delhi should be given the power to arbitrarily split the state on their whims and fancies,“ said the 40-year-old YSR Congress chief.
Mamata Banerjee agreed, “Our support is there. We are for unity. We are for united India. Our support will be there.“