Hyderabad: The Telangana Congress senior leader and Rajya Sabha member, Mr V Hanumanth Rao, has taken serious exception to the “provocative” remarks of the Congress MP from Vijayawada, Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, on the vandalism occurred on Tank Bund in connection with the Million March on March 10.
Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, Mr Hanumanth Rao, without mentioning Mr Rajagopal’s name directly, said that some Seemandhra leaders of his party were making provocative remarks saying that Telangana activists would go berserk and resort to violent activities if separate Telangana State was formed. Stating that Mr Rajagopal had observed that Naxalites and ISI agents would rule the roost in the region if Telangana State was conceded, Mr Hanumanth Rao said that if that happens, it would be the head ache of the Telangana people and Seemandhra people would not be affected in any manner.
Mr Rao also took objection to the allegation that the idea of demolition of statues on the Tank Bund on the occasion of Million March was conceived three months ago. “Even if the charge was true, what were the Intelligence sleuths and police doing? Why did the police fail to frustrate their designs? Why didn’t the Justice Srikrishna Committee talk about the faction killings in Hyderabad?”, he asked.
Stating that the people of Seemandhra regions were not against bifurcation of the State, Mr Rao claimed that only a few leaders of that region were talking against it. Questioning as to why the Seemandhra leaders did not oppose separate Telangana State when the Congress party forged an alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi before 2004 elections and when the issue was incorporated in the party manifesto and even in the President’s address, Mr Hanumanth Rao said that their opposition to State’s bifurcation at this stage was not useful and valid.
Exuding confidence that the Congress high command would take a positive decision on Telangana State in the near future, Mr Rao felt that Tank Bund like incidents should not recur till the Centre delivered its judgment. Asking why the Seemandhra leaders were talking about United Andhra Pradesh now, Mr Hanumanth Rao asked the Telugu Desam party chief, Mr N Chandrababu Naidu, to make it clear whether he extends support to Telangana or not. (NSS)