Hyderabad: The Congress leaders of the Telangana region on Monday administered a shock to the Union minister and AICC leader of State Congress Affairs Incharge, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad. They also made it clear that they would not hold consultations with Mr Azad under any circumstances as he had spoken against the burning Telangana issue during his sojourn in China.
Earlier, the Telangana Congress people’s representatives met in the residence of the Nagarkurnool MP, Mr Manda Jagannadham, here and discussed about Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks against Telangana issue and the latter’s invitation to hold talks with him.
Speaking to mediapersons here, the Warangal MP, Mr Rajaiah, said there was no possibility of holding talks with Mr Azad under any circumstances unless Mr Azad withdrew his anti-Telangana remarks made in China recently. Charging Mr Azad with acting like an incharge and spokesperson of the Seemandhra Congress leaders, Mr Rajaiah asked how they could hold talks with the State Congress affairs incharge when the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the Union Finance Minister, Mr Pranab Mukherji, were giving appointments to their Seemandhra counterparts.
The Nizamabad MP, Mr Madhu Yashki Goud, said the Seemandhra leaders were creating confusion on the Telangana State formation from the beginning and scuttling the efforts of the Centre to carve out separate State. Mr Yashki also alleged that most of the chief ministers of Seemandhra region had backstabbed the party high command. Stating that every issue could be solved by constructive dialogue, he said the Telangana leaders are bound to participate in talks if the party high command summoned them for such parleys.
Asserting that there was no question of the Telangana movement for the State bifurcation becoming weak, Mr Yashki condemned the provocative remarks of the Union Minister in China. He also clarified that they would be willing to meet Mr Azad on the Telangana issue provided one of the top leaders of the party also participated in the talks.
However, another Congress MP, Mr Komatireddy Rajagopal Reddy, exuded confidence that the party high command would definitely carve out separate Telangana State.