The report submitted by the Telangana Congress delegation to the AICC general secretary and party in-charge of AP affairs, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad, included listing out details of incidents over the last 10 years regarding the demand for the creation of a separate state of Telangana.
The Telangana leaders made it clear to Mr Azad that they would not consider any other alternative except formation of a new state. They added that the Congress would not survive in the region if Telangana was not granted to the people.
The delegation on Monday objected to Mr Azad’s outright rejection of resignations submitted to the AP Speaker by 100-plus Telangana legislators.
They complained that the decision of the Speaker, Mr Nadendla Manohar, gave rise to suspicions about the role of the party leadership in influencing him and said that rejecting the resignations would not deter them from tendering resignations fresh.
“If Telangana is not conceded, we will have no other option but to resign again,” they said.
The group submitted a note laying emphasis on separate statehood which had been endorsed by the Congress leadership since 2000 when a group of Congress legislatures had submitted a memorandum to Congress president, Mrs Sonia Gandhi.
They reminded Mr Azad that he himself had been instrumental in brokering seat adjustments with the TRS in 2004 and was responsible for the inclusion of the Telangana demand in the Congress election manifesto in 2004.
The leaders pointed out to Mr Azad that at no point of time had there been an objection from Seemandhra leaders and the Telangana demand was backed by the electorate in 2004 and 2009 general elections in AP.
They said that the Seemandhra leaders had first objected to and obstructed the process of formation of Telangana when the UPA government had made an announcement on December 9, 2009.
The delegation also mentioned that the general public had no objection to a separate state and it was only a few industrialists-turned-politicians like Mr Lagadapati Rajagopal, Mr K.S. Rao and Dr K.V.P. Ramachandra Rao who were orchestrating anti-Telangana agitations to protect their business interests in and around Hyderabad. Deccan Chronicle