Hyderabad: Reacting to Union Health Minister and Congress In-Charge of Andhra Pradesh Ghulam Nabi Azad’s comments made in Beijing that wider consensus and a resolution in the AP Assembly is necessary for the formation of a separate state, Congress leaders from Telangana on Wednesday tried to project the statement as if a bull has run amok in a China shop.
The Congress Legislators, speaking before media persons at their 48-hour long hunger strike camp at Indira Park, took a dim view of the comments by Mr Azad made in Beijing.
MP Gutta Sukhender Reddy said that passing a resolution was not a ‘must’ for the formation of a separate state.
“A unanimous resolution on Telangana formation in the state Assembly is simply not possible in the present circumstances. Such a resolution can only be possible if the Telugu Desam Party issues a Whip to its MLAs,” he stated, referring to the fact that Legislators from Telangana are outnumbered by their counterparts from the other two regions in the state.
Former minister Jupalli Krishna Rao also termed Mr Azad’s statement as `meaningless’ and `irresponsible.’
“It is irresponsible on the part of a senior leader and a Union Minister to make such a statement,” said Mr Krishna Rao, who had earlier resigned from the state Cabinet for the sake of the separate state.
Mr Krishna Rao reminded that the Congress had entered into an electoral alliance with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in 2004. “Was he (Mr Azad) not aware of the situation when the party entered into an electoral pact with the TRS?” Mr Krishna Rao questioned.
The former minister also said that Mr Azad’s statement could provoke the people of the region and may create a law and order problem.
MLA R Damodar Reddy, Congress Action Committee for Telangana convener Yadav Reddy and All India Congress Committee secretary Ponguleti Sudhakar chose to be more adventurous and urged the High Command to sack Mr Azad from the Union Cabinet for making such serious and irresponsible statements on Telangana.
They said such provoking statements would disturb the situation and create law and order problem.
However, other senior leaders like Rajya Sabha MP K Kesava Rao and Minister K Jana Reddy chose to make no comments to Mr Azad’s words.(INN)