Hyderabad: Stepping up the pressure on Congress high command for a positive decision on Telangana, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao on Tuesday telephoned visiting AICC general secretary Ghulam Nabi Azad and sought to know from him what steps the UPA government was taking on the separate state issue.
TRS sources said, KCR has been maintaining a cordial relation with Azad since the latter became the AICC incharge of state Congress affairs in 2004 as he played an instrumental role in forging an alliance between TRS and Congress before the general elections that year.
“It was a courtesy call. The TRS chief telephoned Azad and welcomed him on his maiden visit to the state after being reappointed as AP incharge,” said a leader.
KCR also inquired as to what steps the Congress intended to take on the separate state issue since the party high command had promised to take a decision on the issue after the elections in five states.
During the four-minute interaction, KCR told Azad that the TRS launched the third phase of its agitation for Telangana and that it will be intensified if the Centre did not respond positively to the creation of separate state by June, the sources said. However, in response, Azad merely inquired about KCR’s health and his party’s strength in the Telangana region.
Meanwhile, Telangana Praja Front (TPF) leader Gadar met Azad at the Lake View Guest House and urged him to carve out the separate state based on the assurance given by Union home minister P Chidambaram on December 9, 2009. Gadar told newsmen that during the meeting, he answered several questions posed by Azad, including the support of farmers to the movement. TOI