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TRS puts Cong on notice, again

TRS puts Cong on notice, again

india Updated: Aug 15, 2006 03:35 IST
Ashok Das
Ashok Das

Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief and Union labour minister K Chandrasekhar Rao would resign from the Union cabinet and possibly withdraw from the UPA if the Congress high command did not give a clear cut assurance on formation of the Telangana state by August 25.

“It may be my last visit to Delhi as Union minister,” Rao said while addressing party workers after inaugurating the Telangana Bhavan here on Monday.

The TRS has five MPs in the Lok Sabha and 26 legislators in the Andhra Pradesh assembly.

He said that for the last two and half years, all efforts were made to achieve unanimity in support of a separate Telangana state. Claiming the support of 452 MPs for a separate state, he demanded that the Congress should come out with its assurance on the issue before the end of the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament.

Claiming that with the exception of the Left parties most parties have supported the formation of a separate state. He also showed their letters to back his contention. But the TRS would also seek to enlist their support. He pointed out that three former prime ministers also supported Telangana state. One of them --- V P Singh—had even written a letter to the Congress recently on the issue.

“After the BJP national executive adopted a resolution in favour of a separate Telangana state, there is no ambiguity about a smooth passage of the bill on the new state,” he said and warned that the Congress would be held responsible for the consequences of any inaction on the demand.

He said his party would launch a massive movement for a separate state if the UPA failed to follow it up. He faulted the UPA sub-committee headed by defence minister Pranab Mukherjee for delaying its report on the issue. Questioning the silence of Congress leaders from Telangana on the issue, he demanded the Telangana Regional Congress Coordination Committee and Telangana Congress Legislators’ Forum to mount pressure on the Congress high command.

First Published: Aug 15, 2006 03:35 IST