Union textile minister Kavuri Sambasiva Rao speaking to the media after the meeting said that the ongoing agitation in Seemandhra region is forcing the Center to rethink on their earlier decision to create Telangana state. He hailed that for the last 46 days people from all walks of life, including children, have been peacefully agitating demanding that Andhra Pradesh state should be kept united.
He said that the Centre hastily came out with a statement on December 9, 2009 on dividing the state only due to fear that Telangana Rashtra Samiti president K Chandrasekhar Rao, who was on hunger strike, might die. "But that proved to be a drama and we established that people were strongly in favour of a unified state. Accordingly, the Centre issued another statement on December 23, 2009 keeping the state division process on hold," he added.
"Many political parties did not like the Srikrishna Committee report (which came subsequently) which basically suggested that the state be kept united," the Union minister said. He said that the Seemandhra leaders would make another representation with Antony Committee to press for the demand of united Andhra Pradesh. He said while the leaders wanted to maintain the party discipline, but they are also forced to honour the sentiments of the people. Therefore, they are bound to oppose the Congress Working Committee's decision.
As many as six Union Ministers – M. Pallam Raju, Kavuri Sambasiva Rao, K Chiranjivee, Smt. D Purandeshwari, J D Seelam and Kotla Suryaprakash Reddy, MPs KVP Ramchandra Rao, Lagadapati Rajgopal, SPY Reddy, Sai Pratap, K Bapi Raju, V Arun Kumar, Anant Venkat Ram Reddy and Bosa Jhansi, Primary Education minister Partha Sarathy and Seemandhra legislators Forum convener S Sailajanath participated in the meeting.
However, union ministers Kishore Chandra Deo, Panabaka Laxmi and Killi Krupa Rani and some MPs Rayapati Sambasiva Rao, G. Harsha Kumar and Chinta Mohan did not attend. .