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Digvijay's remarks on Telangana irk KCR

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HYDERABAD, AUG. 9. Reacting sharply to the remarks on Telangana made by the AICC general secretary, Digvijay Singh, the TRS president, K. Chandrasekhar Rao, has said that he will settle the issue with the AICC president, Sonia Gandhi.

Talking to presspersons on Monday, Mr. Rao questioned the rationale behind Mr. Singh's stand since there was no reference to the second States' Reorganisation Commission (SRC) either in the common minimum programme or in the President's address to Parliament. "How can he talk in such a manner," he said.

To meet Sonia

Making no secret of his annoyance with Mr. Singh, Mr. Rao said he was not alone at the Centre on the issue of Telangana. He would meet Ms. Gandhi along with 14 constituents of the UPA Government. "We have several friendly parties," he said.

The TRS chief held that the AICC general secretary's was not the last word on Telangana. There were several leaders in the Congress who were senior to Mr. Singh.

"Who is he to tell us. He may have said all these things in light of the coming Assembly elections in Maharashtra where separate Vidarbha is a major issue."

Struggle to continue

Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao said he had contacted the Defence Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, as soon as he came to know about Mr. Singh's statement. He claimed that the CWC member had expressed regrets for what Mr. Singh had said and offered to talk to his party leader and get back to him (TRS chief).

He made it clear that the TRS would carry out a struggle against whoever tried to obstruct Telangana. However, he was hopeful that the issue of a separate State would become clearer once the Maharashtra elections were over. As far as the TRS was concerned, there was no question of accepting a second SRC, he added.

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