Hyderabad: Alleging that the Telangana Rashtra Samithi was conveniently forgetting the terms of agreement which was struck at the time of its alliance with the Congress before the 2004 general elections, Seemandhra Forum convener S Sailajanath on Sunday stated the TRS was trying to put the ruling party in a bad light by saying it is not in favour of a separate Telangana state.
Talking to media persons at Assembly premises, Mr Sailajanath said that the Congress had tied up with the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in the 2004 elections by maintaining that Telangana would be carved out based on the recommendations of a Second States Reorganisation Committee’s report.
“The TRS had agreed to this proposal and fought the 2004 elections as the Congress ally. Now it is that same party which is alleging that Congress is not in favour of Telangana state,” he stated.
Mr Sailajanath added that the Centre had constituted the Justice Srikrishna committee to find a possible solution to the vexed issue. “We hope that the Centre solves the issue based on the recommendations of the Srikrishna Committee’s report,” the Minister said.
He added that the Seemandhra leaders would go to New Delhi on July 17-18 (instead of the earlier announced July 13 and 14) to present their view that the state should remain integrated before the High Command.
“We will make efforts to meet representatives of the High Command on July 18, 19 and 20 by staying put in New Delhi. We have deferred our earlier programme of going to New Delhi on July 13-14 due to certain unavoidable circumstances,” Mr Sailajanath revealed. The Minister stated that the Seemandhra leaders would decide their future course of action after meeting the High Command.
According to sources, the Seemandhra leaders will urge the Centre to develop backward areas in all regions so that the main grouse of the people of Telangana is taken care of.
Mr Sailajanath described YSR Congress party president Jaganmohan Reddy as `immature’ for not taking any decision on the separate Telangana issue in his party’s plenary at Idupulapaya in Kadapa district.
Former minister and senior Congress leader JC Diwakar Reddy said that Mr Jaganmohan Reddy adopted a neutral stand on Telangana to be on the safe side and not hurt the people of all the regions.(INN)