Telangana state in six months, says TRS chief

Updated on Apr 29, 2004 09:13 PM IST

AP's Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), which seeks a separate state for the Telangana region, celebrated its third foundation day April 27, with its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao declaring the goal would be achieved in six months.

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PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, Hyderabad

Andhra Pradesh's Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), which seeks a separate state for the Telangana region, celebrated its third foundation day Tuesday, with its chief K Chandrasekhar Rao declaring the goal would be achieved in six months.

Confident of winning 36 of 42 assembly seats from the Telangana region and all six Lok Sabha seats TRS contested, Rao said the party would play a key role in the formation of the next coalition government in New Delhi.

Rao, or KCR as he is popularly known, said that nobody would be able to stop the TRS from emerging as a decisive force in the state politics and achieve its goal of a Telangana state. "We are about to make history," he thundered.

KCR, who himself contested for both the Lok Sabha and assembly, revealed his strategy to TRS activists who had gathered from different districts of the Telangana region.

Predicting a Congress-led coalition government in New Delhi, he said the TRS, along with other smaller parties, would use its strength to bargain for the introduction of a resolution on statehood for Telangana in parliament. "This would happen in the next six months."

The TRS claims to have the support of the DMK, PMK, Lok Jansakthi Party, the Nationalist Congress Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Janata Dal (U) for the Telangana cause.

It fought the assembly and Lok Sabha elections in alliance with the Congress and exit polls indicate the party has done well.

Announcing the expulsion of 13 rebels from the party, Rao alleged that the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had hatched a conspiracy to engineer a split in the TRS and propped up the rebels.

KCR reiterated that he would not accept any post in a separate Telangana and said he would work to bring 10 million acres of land under cultivation utilising Krishna and Godavari waters and quality electricity supply.

"We will not make any mistake and will not take any wrong step", he said, dispelling apprehensions by some rebels that TRS leaders would dump the demand for a separate state after joining a coalition government.

However, he did not say whether the TRS would join a Congress government in the state or a coalition government in New Delhi.

Once a TDP leader and a confidant of Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, KCR launched the TRS on April 27, 2001.

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