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Andhra division not to solve backwardness problem

New Delhi: The CPI(M), which has been opposed to the formation of a separate Telangana state, on Thursday asked the government to take a decision on the issue saying the stage of soliciting views of political parties was over.

"We and other parties have given our views (on Telangana) repeatedly. Now we want the government to do what it wants to do. The stage of political parties giving their views is long over," CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.

His party colleague from Andhra Pradesh, B V Raghavulu said status quo should be maintained on the issue and the Centre should come out with a solution.

"We want status quo to be maintained and urge the Centre to come out with a solution. Such discussions would be of no use. We hope in the next meeting, the Centre comes out with some solution," he said.

The CPI(M) has been maintaining that division of Andhra Pradesh would not solve the problems of backwardness.

"It will be misleading to conclude that a separate state per se will ensure development. The problems of underdevelopment and socio-economic backwardness have to be tackled through specific measures," the major Left party has said earlier.

Suggesting a series of measures to develop the backward regions, the CPI(M) had also warned the government that division of Andhra Pradesh would "open up a plethora of demands for new states to be carved out from the existing linguistic states."

"Instead of tackling the root cause of regional imbalance, backwardness and underdevelopment, the demand for setting up of new states will be a diversion and open up a host of intra-state problems which can heighten differences and weaken the unity of the people", the party had said.

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