Stepping up their attack on Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrasekhar Rao over the severe drubbing it suffered in the recent elections, party rebel leaders on Sunday demanded his resignation.
“Rao is the number one betrayer of the separate Telangana statehood movement. His acts of ommission and commission are responsible for the fall of the Telangana movement,” Suhasini Reddy, a rebel leader, told reporters.
Alleging that no sincere attempt was made to consolidate the separate statehood movement, another rebel leader J Balakrishna Reddy demanded Rao to quit his post and hand over the reins to a collective leadership.
“Has the party been able to organise any sincere movement after 2004? Some piece-meal approaches were made, but it was withdrawn by the end of the day,” he alleged. Rao has lost credibility and it is high time for party had collective leadership, Y Srinivasa Reddy, another leader, said.
The allegations by the dissident leaders have, however, been condemned by TRS leaders. “If they are sincere towards the Telangana cause, they should come and discuss the issue with the party leadership. But, they are speaking the same language like those who quit the party earlier,” a senior TRS leader, loyal to Chandrasekhar Rao, said.