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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

Suffered political losses for Telangana, says Sonia Gandhi

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Hyderabad, April 27, 2014
First Published: 21:51 IST(27/4/2014) | Last Updated: 09:55 IST(28/4/2014)

Congress president Sonia Gandhi appealed to voters in Telangana to credit her party for staying true to statehood for the region in the face of political losses due to the decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
 
After her first Telangana rally at Karimnagar a few days ago, she addressed two rallies in the region, covering Chevella and Medak Lok Sabha constituencies, on Sunday.
 
The region goes to polls on Wednesday.
 
“TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi) said we would not give Telangana but we had committed to our promise. We also suffered political losses due to our decision,” she said.

Read: Telangana passion missing in biggest Andhra LS seat
 
The Congress is facing a tough time in Seemandhra, where people are angry at the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
 
On the TRS refusal to merge with the Congress, Gandhi said party chief K Chandrashekar Rao (popularly known as KCR), had broken his commitment. 
 
“KCR talks as if he brought the new state whereas he was not even in Parliament when the bill was tabled,” she said. She said the people of Telangana were the real heroes and deserved the credit.
 
Gandhi even drew a comparison between Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi and KCR, saying both parties are run like a one-man show. She added that such people and parties coming to power would damage the state.
 
She made a strong appeal to Telangana voters to support the Congress, listing out more sops such as IT and pharma corridors.
 
On Saturday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had addressed a rally at Bhongir in Nalgonda.

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