Hyderabad: Shortly after being criticised by party president N Chandrababu Naidu for his outrageous statements, senior Telugu Desam Party leader from Seemandhra regions Payyavula Keshav on Friday defended himself by blaming the media for presenting a ‘distorted’ version of his words about forming suicide squads for attacking the Telangana leaders.
Talking to media persons at TDP Bhavan, Mr Keshav said that he had said that suicide squads would attack the Centre in the event of delaying the decision on separate statehood.
Blaming the Centre for the crisis in the state, Mr Keshav said, “My comments were directed against the Union Government and I was not targeting the Telangana Rashtra Samithi or pro-Telangana activists.”
Mr Keshav’s clarification came after his party chief warned both him and Telangana MLA Revanth Reddy to refrain from making any provocative statements, thereby vitiating the atmosphere.
The TDP MLA further said that his party colleagues from Seemandhra regions expressed their views in order to fulfil the aspirations the people of Coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions during a round-table conference held at Guntur recently.
After blaming the media for his words, Mr Keshav appealed to the scribes not to distort his statements and create further controversy.
When asked to respond to TDP Telangana MLA Revanth Reddy comments that Seemandhra leaders are more dangerous than Pakistani terrorists, the senior politician refused to burn his fingers in the cauldron of controversy by commenting. “I will leave those comments to his (Mr Revanth Reddy’s) conscience,” he said.
Mr Keshav also disclosed that his party leaders from Seemandhra regions would organise a meeting in Hyderabad on the Samaikhya Andhra demand.
He also hailed the Supreme Court for refusing to stay the AP High Court’s order to the CBI to launch a preliminary probe into YSR Congress Party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy’s wealth, stating, “The Apex Court’s decision will support the TDP in its fight against rampant corruption of Mr Jaganmohan Reddy and the Congress.”(INN)