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Botcha’s parleys fail: Telangana Congress leaders to guns

Posted by on July 2, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: The efforts of the APCC Chief, Mr Botcha Satyanarayana, to prevail upon the Telangana Congress MPs, MLAs and ministers to withdraw their decision to resign en masse for Telangana have failed. The latter made it clear to the PCC chief that nothing short of Telangana State was acceptable to them and there was no going back on their collective decision.

The ministers, MLAs and MPs met the PCC Chief at Gandhi Bhavan on Saturday and made their stand clear to him. The Congress senior leader, Dr K. Keshava Rao, the ministers, Mr K. Jana Redy, Mr D. Sridhar Babu, Mr Baswaraju Saraiah, Mr Ponnala Lakshmaiah, the MPs, Mr G. Vivek, Mr Gutha Sukhender Reddy, Mr Ponnam Prabhakar, Mr Manda Jagannatham and Mr K. Rajagopal Reddy were among those who met the PCC Chief.

It is learnt that the PCC president explained the thinking of the party High Command to them and counseled them not to take any hasty decision. They, however, made it clear to him that they would not go back on their decision.


Talking to mediapersons after the PCC chief’s attempts to pacify them had failed, the MPs said they would be leaving for New Delhi and submitting their resignations to the Lok Sabha Speaker at 11 am on Monday. They said they had already sought the appointment of the Speaker. The MPs said they would be leaving for New Delhi on Sunday.

Mr Botcha told the media later, that the Congress leadership’s decision on Telangana would reflect the feelings of the people and would be acceptable to all.

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