Hyderabad: Information Technology Minister Ponnala Laxmaiah on Thursday said that calls for a unanimous resolution to be passed in the state Assembly was part of a ‘grand conspiracy’ by Seemandhra leaders to delay the issue of separate Telangana state formation further.
Talking to media persons at Indira Park on the second day of the 48-hour hunger fast launched by the Congress party Legislators who have submitted their resignations from their posts, Mr Lakshmaiah was careful not to mention the name of Congress party In-Charge of Andhra Pradesh Affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad, who had said that it was necessary that the state Assembly pass a unanimous resolution for the creation of Telangana.
Mr Lakshmaiah reminded that a resolution had been earlier introduced in the state Assembly on the separate statehood issue but has been stalled since the MLAs from the region were outnumbered by their Seemandhra counterparts.
Stating that introduction of any resolution once again in the state Assembly would be meaningless, he said that such a demand was part of conspiracy hatched by Seemandhra leaders.
Pointing out that the Congress chances of survival in the region would be very bleak if it does not agree to the separate statehood demand, Mr Lakshmaiah called on the High Command to respect the sentiments and aspirations of 4 crore Telangana people.
The IT Minister also warned that, “The Telangana people cannot be cheated once again. The Centre has to speed up the process for Telangana instead of buying time with such delaying tactics.
Mr Lakshmaiah also expressed his wonderment at the Seemandhra leaders objecting for the formation of state when they had no objections when the separate Telangana resolution was introduced in the Assembly and the Congress party tied up with TRS on the Telangana plank in 2004 and the TDP did the same in the 2009 elections.
Congress MLA K Lakahma Reddy stated that Speaker Nadendla Manohar would have to accept the resignations of the Ministers, MPs and MLAs on the lines on former minister Jupally Krishna Rao.
He also said that the Legislators who have resigned should intensify their agitation for separate statehood.
Mr Lakshma Reddy warned the government that the Telangana leaders would lock the offices from gram panchayat level to Secretariat in the event of Centre failing to take a decision on the statehood demand before August 1.(INN)