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Telangana row: TDP leaders call for unity

Staff Reporter

Say they will not fight among themselves on the issue


‘Issue is completely in the hands of the ruling Congress'

‘Congress leaders from region should convince leadership'


HYDERABAD: Striking an unusual note of unity on the contentious issue of Telangana, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leaders from Telangana and ‘Seemandhra' regions have said that they would not fight among themselves on the issue as it is completely in the hands of ruling Congress.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, TDP legislator E. Dayakar Rao asked the Congress leaders in the State, particularly those from Telangana region, to convince their party leadership to introduce a Bill in Parliament if the party was committed to the cause. As the BJP had already made it clear that it would support the Bill for statehood to Telangana it would not be much difficult for the ruling party to push through the Bill.

As the TDP had also not gone back on its stand on Telangana, as being repeatedly told by party president N. Chandrababu Naidu, its MPs would vote in favour of the Bill. If they failed to support the Bill the TDP would stand exposed, he pointed out.

At a separate press conference another legislator of the party G. Muddu Krishnama Naidu refused to contradict his counterpart's statement reiterating that the party had not changed its stand already pronounced.

Poser to Ponnam

KARIMNAGAR: Karimnagar Telugu Desam Party legislator G. Kamalakar has demanded that Andhra Pradesh Congress MPs Forum convener and Karimnagar MP Ponnam Prabhakar prove his sincerity on the formation of separate Telangana by raising the issue during the ensuing Parliament session.

Talking to newsmen here on Saturday, he said the Karimnagar MP had been giving only statements on separate Telangana. “If he (MP) is really committed to the cause, he should raise his voice in Parliament and ensure the introduction of a Bill in the ensuing winter session for carving out a separate Telangana State.”

He also said that Telangan Rashtra Samiti president K. Chandrasekhar Rao raise his voice in Parliament for introduction of the Bill on Telangana.

Dig at KCR

“Mr. Rao should end his dramas and stop making allegations against the TDP and instead lobby to seek the support of MPs from other parties to introduce the Bill on the creation of separate Telangana,” the TDP MLA remarked.

Asked if he was ready to resign as an MLA for the cause of Telangana, Mr. Kamalakar said, “My resignation will only ensure byelections.”

He demanded that the Congress legislators and MPs resign from their posts to create political crisis and ensure formation of Telangana State.

He said the TDP would definitely raise the statehood issue in the ensuing winter session of Assembly and reiterated that they would be in forefront to intensify the agitation for the formation of separate State.

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