Hyderabad: Defending himself against the allegations levelled against him by Congress MP Gutta Sukhender on Saturday, former chief minister K Rosaiah on Sunday said that he did not introduce a resolution on Telangana in the state Assembly because it was doomed to fail.
“Would it have been good for Telangana if I had got a resolution on the separate state introduced in the Assembly and it was defeated?,” Mr Rosaiah said, countering Mr Sukhender’s accusation that he had failed to get a resolution passed in the state Assembly during his stint as chief minister.
Talking to media persons on the Assembly premises, Mr Rosaiah asserted that he had already made it to Centre clear that it would not be possible to get a resolution on Telangana passed by the state Assembly. “I had informed the Centre immediately after the announcement of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram that any resolution on Telangana statehood would not get the approval of the state Assembly,” he said.
The former chief minister added, “I had already told the Centre that parties and leaders have different opinions on the Telangana issue.”
Mr Rosaiah also said that he was unwilling to make a ‘running commentary’ on the speech of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, unlike other leaders who react to every word or sentence made by the Centre.
However, he maintained that “unanimity on the issue is highly impossible. The problem is not our hands and the Centre has to take a decision early,” he said.
Stating that the people should stay together united without any differences, Mr Rosaiah said that, “if they want to separate themselves, they should break away and part like brothers in a family.”
He also criticised the Telangana leaders for misunderstanding his statement on postponing the Telangana agitation until Congress president Sonia Gandhi, who underwent surgery for an undisclosed ailment, recovers fully.
“I have suggested the Telangana leaders for postponement of agitation as Ms Sonia Gandhi has to take a crucial decision on it,” he said.(INN)