Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K. Chandrasekhara Rao asserted on Saturday that he would not share a capital with Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad will belong to only Telangana.
Although Rao, who is popularly known as KCR, wants to go slow for now after forcing the Centre to agree to the demand for a Telangana state, he sounded firm when it came to the future of Hyderabad.
He told NDTV television channel: “Hyderabad can’t be compared with Chandigarh.”
KCR is sounding confident now that his troubles are over, as the students have gone back to colleges, the radicals are back in the jungles and he has managed to vanquish his opponents.
What’s more, a group of Congress MLAs called on him on Saturday evening to express solidarity with him — in sharp contrast to the situation earlier this year when a section of his legislators planned to side with the Congress with encouragement from late Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy.
A couple of times during his 11-day fast, he told Congress interlocutors that he could not discontinue the stir without getting branded as a traitor. He repeatedly urged the Congress to provide him a face-saver.
Hindustan Times first reported on December 8 that KCR had confirmed having been invited to Delhi for talks, saying he would make the trip after 10 days.
Having seized back the Telangana initiative, which he lost temporarily after the massive rout in the assembly and Lok Sabha polls earlier this year, he wants to savour the victory.
“No deadline, no hard line” he said, “P. Chidambaram made the announcement on behalf of the government of India (not the Congress) and it’s for the government of India to deliver on the promise.”
He declared that now it hardly mattered whether the Andhra Pradesh assembly passed a resolution or not.
He said he had full faith in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that they would take the necessary measures for forming the state.
“I have lot of faith in Sonia Gandhi,” he said, claiming: “I never uttered a single word against her.”
But on September 10, 2004, he threatened at his party’s annual conclave in Hyderabad to “drag Mrs Gandhi” to the streets”. At that time, he was a minister of the UPA government.
KCR, however, got down to damage control two days later, terming Gandhi “a great leader and a Devi for Telangana people”.
(With inputs from agencies)