Former TDP Minister for united AP

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Hyderabad, June 2 (UNI) A day after bagging the Secunderabad Assembly seat in the bypoll, former TDP Minister T Srinivas Yadav today asserted that he was in favour of a united Andhra Pradesh.

Talking to reporters here, Mr Yadav, who defeated his nearest Congress rival P Krishna by over 18,000 votes, said he went to the people with the 'united Andhra Pradesh' slogan and won the byelection.

He would go to the people in the 2009 Assembly elections also with the same slogan, he added.

It may be noted that TRS candidate T Padma Rao ended up in the third position, getting only 28,256 votes, in the byelection.

There would be no change in the party's stand in support of united Andhra Pradesh till the five-member Committee submitted its report to the party Politburo and the party's highest decision-making body took a final decision on the issue, Mr Yadav maintained.

Parrying a question on whether the TRS' drubbing in the byelections showed that the Telangana sentiment had waned, he asked mediapersons to make a detailed analysis and come to a conclusion.

To a question, he said he differed with his party colleague and newly-elected MLA from Ghanpur K Srihari, who wanted the party to recognise the aspirations of the Telangana people for a separate state and take an early decision on the issue.

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