He told reporters in New Delhi that Hyderabad belonged to people of all three regions (Telangana, Andhra and Rayalaseema) and hence it should be made a permanent capital of the two states or the second capital of India as once suggested by B.R. Ambedkar.
The central government has announced that Hyderabad will be common capital of the two states for 10 years. Within this period, Andhra Pradesh will develop its own capital.
On the demand for his resignation to protest the central government’s decision to bifurcate the state, Chiranjeevi said if his resignation would help solve the problem, he would be the first person to quit.
The actor-turned-politician stressed the need for focusing on the development of Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra).
He strongly condemned the remark by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K. Chandraskhara Rao that employees from Seemandhra would have to go back from Hyderabad.
The central minister said the TRS leader was making provocative statements to prolong the issue. “He is afraid of becoming politically unemployed after the formation of Telangana state,” he said.
Chiranjeevi assured Seemandhra people and employees living in Hyderabad that he would stand by them. He warned Chandraskhara Rao that his provocative statements would not be tolerated.
In an effort to dissuade union ministers from resigning, the Congress has promised to set up a committee which will look into the grievances of Andhra and Rayalaseema regions. The Committee is expected to be headed by Defence Minister A K Antony, Chiranjeevi said. He replied in negative when asked whether he would be a member of this committee.
On complaints by certain Seemandhra leaders that the decision to form Telangana was taken without considering the crucial aspects like sharing of river waters including that of Krishna which flows into Rayalaseema from Telangana, he said such matters would be looked into by experts. It is not only about water sharing. It is about everything including infrastructure, revenue and employment…. Now, the government has only announced a decision. Experts would study and get into the depth of all issues., he said.
As regards the violence and vandalism in Andhra and Rayalaseema regions, he appealed for peace saying it is extremely important to be calm and patient.