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It's all a drama for Telugu Desam

Special Correspondent

Says YSR, KCR reached agreement with an eye on municipal elections


  • KCR asked to substantiate claim that separate Telangana had the support of 30 political parties in Lok Sabha
  • All major political parties are against Telangana, as per their submission to the UPA sub committee

    HYDERABAD: The Telugu Desam has ridiculed the agreement reached between the Congress and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) at Delhi on Wednesday saying that it was yet another drama enacted in collusion to take people of Telangana for a ride.

    Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, the TDP leaders, Kadiam Srihari and M. Narsimhulu, said both parties seemed to have realised the mood of the people at the ground level and decided to come up with this drama, in view of the coming municipal elections. "It is essentially a pact between the Union Labour Minister, K. Chandrasekhara Rao, and the Chief Minister, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, to keep their posts".

    No gain for TRS

    They said it was clear that the TRS has gained nothing from the meeting and in fact skipped the real issue of Telangana. After meeting the Congress president, Sonia Gandhi, on Tuesday, Dr. Reddy had reiterated the party's stand that it still favoured second States Reorganisation Commission.

    Yet Mr. Rao did not raise the issue at the meeting. It only exposed his sincerity to the Telangana cause.

    Posing a series of questions to Mr. Chandrasekhara Rao, they wanted him to substantiate his claim that the separate Telangana had the support of 30 political parties in the Lok Sabha.

    How is this possible when all the major political parties, in their submission to the UPA sub committee, were against Telangana?

    On the implementation of GO 610 too, Mr. Rao could not achieve anything out of the meeting with another committee being appointed to take a look at Girglani Commision. When this was the situation how will he get 60,000 jobs he had promised to the people before elections? They asked.

    BJP version

    Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party has described the Congress-TRS talks as a "ritual" and charged the leaders of the two parties with mortgaging the interests of Telugu people in Delhi.

    Addressing a press conference here, BJP state leaders -- K. Laxman and S.V.Seshagiri Rao -- said the meeting between the Mr. Rao, and Dr. Reddy was only for mutual benefit and not for the welfare of the State.

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