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`TRS, Congress scaring people'

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HYDERABAD, MAY 8. The Union Minister of State for Commerce, Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, on Saturday targeted the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the Congress for making `irresponsible and undemocratic statements and scaring the common man.'

At a press conference, Mr. Vidysagar Rao referred to the "threats'' being made by leaders of the TRS in general and more importantly, its president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao. By threatening a civil war and saying that suicide squads would descend on the place if the `new Congress Government' did not pave the way for a separate Telangana State, the TRS was only "scaring people,'' he said.

He then pointed a finger at the former CLP leader, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, for saying only after discussing the issue of settlers in Hyderabad, would the issue of separate Telangana be taken up. `Who is he to talk like this? The Congress is counting its chickens before they are hatched. Political parties have to learn to be responsible and responsive to the sentiments of people,'' he said.

Mr. Vidyasagar Rao recalled the words of the late US president, Abraham Lincoln, that whatever political parties did, it had to be in sync with the adage - Of the people, by the people and for the people. He said the influence of democratic principles would never wear off in the minds of people, especially in the world's largest democracy.

"The elections this time are very important and the world is watching and waiting,'' he said.

The BJP leader said whether it was TRS or Congress leaders, they should realise that their statements, while being ``irresponsible and undemocratic,'' were only confusing people. Both parties did not talk of these things anytime during their campaign. "With the results just a few days away, it is not proper to make such statements,'' he said.

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