Congress decides to take T off TRS
Hyderabad, Dec. 27: The Congress high command has asked party leaders from Telangana to take out a peaceful agitation for a separate state on their own so that the party gets credit for the state formation and not the Telangana Rashtra Samiti.
After waiting and watching for a while, Mr Ahmed Patel, the political secretary to the Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi, and Mr Veerappa Moily, who is in charge of party affairs in the state, conveyed this directive to the PCC president, Mr D. Srinivas, and the Chief Minister, Mr K. Rosaiah. The two leaders also told this to the Telangana region Congress MPs who met them in Delhi to plead for a specific time frame for the formation of Telangana.
“You are just conveying to us the demands of the TRS,” Mr Patel apparently told the MPs. “Is this proper?”
The Central leadership is especially wary of the attempt by the TRS to hijack the separate state movement and has asked the party leaders to ensure that the Congress gets all the credit.
Mr Patel also scolded Telangana party leaders for sharing the JAC dais and endorsing the criticism against the Congress president.
Telangana Congress leaders have also decided not to support the JAC’s ultimatum to the Centre to announce the time frame for forming a separate state by December 28, failing which an indefinite bandh will be launched.
They have declared that they are against the practice of frequent bandhs which are imposing much hardship on people of Telangana.
The senior leader and former home minister, Mr K. Jana Reddy, told mediapersons that a meeting had been convened on December 29 under the aegis of Telangana Congress to launch a peaceful agitation involving all sections of the society.
“We will withdraw from the JAC slowly,” another former minister said.
Meanwhile, all the Telangana ministers who faxed their resignations decided to go to Delhi to insist on a time frame for creation of a separate state.
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